Month: July 2021


The COVID-19 Vaccine Vexation!


In the recent cricket Test Series between England and India the 2-1 bring about favour on the visitors still hangs in balance entirely because of the fact that a few non-playing people Team India were found COVID-19 positive which suggests that the fifth as well as the last Test needed to be cancelled only as a result of India’s fault while not a single playing member with the team got the issue. Now, the advance in travel regulations for Indians visiting United Kingdom can be quite a fallout from the cricket hanger, meaning that this Indians are feared as increasing numbers of prone to getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus using its variants; that India could be the originator with the more infectious Delta variant and that is again mutating in the Delta Plus; as well as perhaps also possibly that this handling in the Second Wave from the pandemic in India ended up being disastrous. Therefore, simply the Englishmen may be feeling insecure with vulnerable Indians loitering around of their territories after form of achieving the feat of living with all the virus and checking everything such as cricket stadiums to your crowds devoid of the necessity of even masks. They are conveniently forgetting the standard truth that vaccine breakthroughs are possible also for fully vaccinated people everywhere inside the world, not merely India.

What the UK government did is very wrong, unexpected and absurd: which the Indian travellers, no matter what vaccinated you aren’t, have to undergo at the least two RT-PCR tests and still have to be on 10-day quarantine after arriving there. Apart from your unnecessary inconvenience and exorbitant costs involved, particularly with the Indian students going there to check, this basically implies that this vaccines in India are fakes, plus a fully vaccinated an affiliate India becomes ‘unvaccinated’ once s/he arrives in UK. Why? The Indian vaccine Covishield is usually a licensed product of UK, being the officially valid version of these homemade AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Oxford University, as well as in more significantly India had exported a lot of doses of Covishield for their country earlier. The fully India-made Covaxin may be proved to get as effective as any vaccine with the world in preventing no less than the serious form on the disease and hospitalization.

The Government of India and also the Ministry of External Affairs have previously lodged a solid protest with all the United Kingdom government calling the measures discriminatory and as well warned of adopting reciprocal action. If unresolved, that is going to seriously hamper the healthy bilateral relations between two countries. The UK foreign department has assured India of the re-look engrossed, but up to now the discriminatory regulations usually are not lifted. The World Health Organization (WHO) also has rebuked UK for such actions. However, it may be the WHO that’s not yet approved either Covishield or Covaxin for emergency employ all over the globe rapidly former’s link on the approved AstraZeneca plus the latter being proven effective and safe. This raises an important question concerning the authenticity from the respective drug regulatory authorities of assorted countries: are the regulators only country-specific but not valid for other regulators? This absurd situation must change, but only if to give the best respect on the medical scientists and experts involved tirelessly from the vaccine-making along with the approving process inside shortest possible time. And the Indians figure prominently inside number of medical scientists or experts involved inside the process throughout the world, independent of the fact the India is the largest vaccine supplier towards the world.

Earlier the discussion ended up being about ‘vaccine nationalism’; now because the situation warrants we’ll must discuss regarding the syndrome with the ‘vaccine superpowers’ along with the inequalities emerging away from that with one block denying or you cannot recognizing additional block. For example, the Russian and also the Chinese vaccines are yet to become accepted throughout the world without WHO approval. Former US President Donald Trump still appears to have the trump card through providing everything, during his not too long ago in office, in to the development with the most modern Messenger RNA (mrna) vaccines, namely Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which one can find for use globally. However, developing countries like India as well as other poor countries can’t afford these vaccines on account of very high prices and also the storage hassles. Ultimately, the WHO has to try such vexing issues since it had earlier made international sharing with the ready vaccines compulsory for those countries.

The absolutely wrong plus the discriminatory measures on the United Kingdom, almost smacking of racism, has to be lifted as soon as possible and also the WHO must expedite the approval process from the Indian vaccines along with proven vaccines in the world. The priority must be completely on freeing Planet Earth through the curse on the pandemic inside the fast track, and positively not on rivalries, racism, nationalism and bilateral or international fights or skirmishes.

As per latest reports UK has included Covishield of their list of approved vaccines which will take effect only from 4th October 2021. But to confound matters further the authorities have refused to just accept India’s CoWin vaccine certificates, and this also means the 10-day quarantine plus tests continues still for Indian travelers.

Chinmay Chakravarty is often a professional specialized from the creative field with two decades of experience in journalistic writing, media co-ordination, film script writing, film dubbing, film & video making, treatments for international film festivals and editing of books & journals. Proficient in providing professional services of these related fields. Was a security officer of Indian Information Service and superannuated through the post of Director, Press Information Bureau, Kolkata in November, 2019. Published his first solo book ‘Laugh and Let Laugh’ in 2017 and the second book ‘The Cheerless Chauffeur and Other Tales’ in 2021.



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