One way of pushing up vaccinations is to empower each centre to accept bookings or at least give tokens to its customers on payment ( or deposit for those who want free) . The centre then have a backend verification, in batch processing mode once a day and allocate appointments according to availability. This way customers don't have to go continuously to the co win app.. and we who are trying to get an appointment know that (apna time aayega". The app given to each centre could be a model app, where centres can run them from their own servers and take payments online, thereby removing one more delay at the vaccinations site.

To prevent fraud each booking and modification can be block-chained. The same procedure can be adopted for the free jab. This way even off line centres could have a drive to register on a portable device and then batch process it by physically going to the nearest town. This way the central distribution system can have daily monitor and allot the vaccination according to demand. The allocation can also be done in a geographic mode so that sensitive districts can ask for universal jabs based on actual orders. The main problem with cowin is that it is playing divine..I have been trying for a long time to get a slot.

 

Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations Likely To Go Up To Five Million Per Day In 10 Days: EGVAC Chairman R S Sharma  - Jun 15, 2021  https://swarajyamag.com/insta/daily-covid-19-vaccinations-likely-to-go-up-to-five-million-per-day-in-10-days-egvac-chairman-r-s-sharma 

A Lockdown Is a Solution. In India, a Lockdown Is Also Its Own Crisis.  https://thewire.in/rights/coronavirus-lockdown-authoritarianism-physical-distancing-rights-elite
An authoritarian lockdown offers numerous dividends to the government and the elite in the long run.

Announcing the lockdown, New Zealand’s prime minister said, “ the government will do all it can to protect you. Now I’m asking you to do everything you can to protect all of us."

Contrast this with the Indian government which, going by its actions , seems to say that it .. eaves to its citizens the responsibility of handling the situation, and failing which they will be punished even if it means losing jobs, rights, livelihood, dignity, food, and education.

The authoritarian lockdown

Suppression of data at all levels because of the culture of shaming those who show ‘poor outcomes’ and rewarding those who show ‘good outcomes’. Suppression of data at all levels because of the culture of shaming those who show ‘poor outcomes’ and rewarding those who show ‘good outcomes’

The government has failed to proactively publicise major decisions, whether demonetisation, the reading down of Section 370 or the ongoing lockdown. The idea of people being participating stakeholders is being actively eroded, leading to a corrosion of trust and avoidable delays in response.

Under an authoritarian state, people may function like coerced subjects rather than informed stakeholders, doing only as much as they have to and often tending to breaking boundaries and rules.

To maintain the image of success, the government is likely to be even more authoritarian than is acceptable under normal circumstances but uphold its measures as ‘necessary’

the right to a COVID-19-free world doesn’t automatically trample on rights and civil liberty. The lockdown shows that while the rights of some become limited, for others like the labourers it is an existential right connected to their food, dignity and livelihoods.

a lockdown where essential travel is curbed is bound to impinge, often adversely, on several human rights - as their income depends on it. 

Many norms of confidentiality and privacy of patients and their contacts are being violated on the pretext of a lockdown. protect against stigma and discrimination which can potentially lead – among other things – to harassment, denial of care, negligence and loss of employment,

The communal nature of the government and its supporters comes out even in a pandemic.

After lockdown, what?

We need specific rules that define when the government can impose a lockdown, how, for how long and finally how the lockdown can be wound down.

Have the other – especially economic – consequences of an extended or repeated lockdown been adequately assessed? Who decides what damage to society due to the virus as well as the lockdown is acceptable?

Why was overcrowding in slums, buses, garment factories, industries and manufacturing units never seen as a problem until now?

Is the government doing anything to reduce this kind of overcrowding – a risk factor for a host of other infections apart from COVID-19?

 

How Hindutva Is Changing History and Science Textbooks in Schools Christophe Jaffrelot May 8, 2022 https://janataweekly.org/how-hindutva-is-changing-history-and-science-textbooks-in-schools/

culture minister, Mahesh Sharma,commissioned a 14 member committee to produce a “holistic study of origin and evolution of Indian culture since 12,000 years before present and its interface with other cultures of the world.”.. it was coupled with the persistent effort by Hindu nationalists to present their mythology as history. ..Second, uncovering evidence from ancient history aimed “to prove that today’s Hindus are directly descended from the land’s first inhabitants many thousands of years ago” and thereby give Hindu nationalists arguments to claim a sort of superiority.

The former minister of state for human resource development Ram Shankar Katheria had said two years before, “There will be saffronisation of education and of the country. Whatever is good for the country will certainly happen, be it saffronisation or sanghwaad (propagation of the RSS ideology).”  ..

According to The Indian Express, repeated interventions from the minister of human resource development (Prakash Javadekar, another RSS member) resulted in 1,334 changes in 182 textbooks originally put out by the NCERT, 68 without following the procedures that should have involved the NCERT and its experts.

These changes once again enhanced ancient Indian history (in terms of medicine, astronomy, yoga, etc) and major Hindu figures from the past (Maharana Pratap, Shivaji, Aurobindo, Vivekananda, etc.) at the expense of “the Muslim era.” Such alterations were not only made to history text- books. ..To foster assimilation of knowledge that amounted to propaganda, final exams have increasingly focused on the heroic deeds of Hindu icons and reforms initiated by the Modi government, even on the person of the prime minister. The economics exam at Lucknow University for the bachelor of commerce (BCom) asked students to evaluate schemes launched by Modi, such as Digital India (to develop digitisation throughout the country) and Startup India, or to describe job- creation schemes.

 

So after the Covid lockdown, have most of the migrant laborers returned to work outside Bihar? 

https://countercurrents.org/2022/06/two-years-after-covid-lockdown-the-pain-of-bihars-migrant-labour-continues/

“Oh no, no! For the first time in my life it seems that the village has been populated. Over the years the boys and men of the village have returned to the village and are mingling with each other here. Now you will say that it is a matter of great happiness, but our village, which looks populated from outside, is miserable from inside. The reason for this misery is unemployment. For how many days can one feel good in the village with unemployment? Tell me?” asked Afzal Ali.

It was a question posed to us as reply to our question. Pankaj and I stared at each other. The village is full of people and there is much joy visible but the families are helpless, what kind of contradiction is this?

It turns out that most of the people of the village have been here for two years, because most of them have not been called to work in the big cities as yet. Many are still scared that their condition may become similar to that during the Covid lockdown – they may be trapped in the city without any support system to take care of them!

“If 40 people returned to the village, there were only  ten among them who had managed to return to the city for work. The rest are sitting around in village jobless” says Afzal.

The MGNREGA scheme, also known as the ‘100 days guaranteed employment’ scheme was meant to ensure that ‘every hand gets work with full wages’. So, what is the status of MGNREGA in this village?

Pankaj Ram provided the answer. He said, “How can people live on the basis of MGNREGA, sir? Low wages are also one of the reasons why MGNREGA does not attract people anymore.  On top of this the local panchayat can’t even generate 100 days of employment for the laborers in a year, that’s why people have also stopped asking about it. People would prefer to work instead of sitting empty handed but MNREGA work is simply not available”.

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https://countercurrents.org/2022/07/the-wto-opts-for-greed-and-profits-over-providing-vaccinations-for-all-people-worldwide/ 

The UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima had appealed before the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva that the world would face a grim future if patent waivers did not take place. At a press conference, Byanyima had said, “In a pandemic, sharing technology is life or death, and we are choosing death.” During the 12th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which took place from June 12 to 17, the rich countries did precisely that. They blocked almost all possibilities of providing cheap vaccines, antiviral drugs and diagnostics to the world. After two years of the WTO “postponing”—or blocking—the India-South Africa proposal for a waiver on patents for COVID-19 vaccines and medicines, the club of the rich countries—the European Union, the United States and the UK—ensured that no worthwhile patent waiver measure was passed. The profits of Big Pharma once again trumped the lives and health of the people. This is also what happened during the AIDS epidemic.

In vaccine manufacture, it is not the formula of the vaccine that matters. Unlike many medicines, which are small molecule drugs and therefore easy to patent, vaccines are large molecules and belong to the group of medicines that are called biologics. The key to manufacturing biologics is not the formula of the compound but rather manufacturing it at an industrial scale and ensuring the production process of replicating the complex large molecules accurately. This know-how is guarded not under patents but under trade secrets. It is possible to duplicate these trade secrets or secure them by giving somebody who knows the process the job. But this opens companies that try to do this to costly legal action, including by the WTO. And there is also the threat of unilateral sanctions by the United States, the EU and the UK.

The upshot is that Pfizer and other Big Pharma companies will continue to make huge profits at the expense of people’s lives, even if this leads to new SARS-CoV-2 variants emerging and causes the continuation of the pandemic. Less than 20 percent of people in Africa, which has a population of about 700 million, have been fully vaccinated, while millions of vaccine doses are going unused and are going to waste in the United States. We have the vaccine production capacity to immunize the entire global population, thus saving countless lives and reducing the possibility of new, dangerous variants emerging. But doing so is not in the interest of Big Pharma, for whom profits matter far more than human lives.

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How Bill Gates and partners used their clout to control the global Covid response — with little oversight https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/14/global-covid-pandemic-response-bill-gates-partners-00053969 

Armed with expertise, bolstered by contacts at the highest levels of Western nations and empowered by well-grooved relationships with drug makers, the four organizations took on roles often played by governments — but without the accountability of governments. While nations were still debating the seriousness of the pandemic, the groups identified potential vaccine makers and targeted investments in the development of tests, treatments and shots. And they used their clout with the World Health Organization to help create an ambitious worldwide distribution plan for the dissemination of those Covid tools to needy nations, though it would ultimately fail to live up to its original promises.

The largest and most powerful was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest philanthropies in the world. Then there was Gavi, the global vaccine organization that Gates helped to found to inoculate people in low-income nations, and the Wellcome Trust, a British research foundation with a multibillion dollar endowment that had worked with the Gates Foundation in previous years. Finally, there was the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, the international vaccine research and development group that Gates and Wellcome both helped to create in 2017.

Leaders of three of the four organizations maintained that lifting intellectual property protections was not needed to increase vaccine supplies – which activists believed would have helped save lives...

The last three paras of the report..  “You need to have a reckoning on this. The way the G-7, and the G-20, showed up in the pandemic was pretty disappointing, to put it mildly,” said a person who works with one of the four organizations and requested to remain anonymous to speak more freely about the state of global health care. “There was a complete lack of leadership. On this issue of equitable access, people made big statements, but they didn’t follow through at all.”

Without governments stepping in to take the lead on pandemic preparedness, the four organizations, along with their partners in the global health community, are the only entities that are in a position to lead in the world’s response to a devastating outbreak — again.

“They’re funded by their own capabilities and or endowments and trusts. But when they step into multilateral affairs, then who keeps watch over them?” a former senior U.S. official said. “I don’t know the answer to that. That’s quite provocative.”

 

On the Pfizer vaccine:  From an Email: Careful with terminology! As Francine says in response: do not confuse it all, we knew it did not stop transmission..  Also we were told then that a vaccinated person who got infected with COVID 19 deplayed more manageable symptoms, and the vaccine reduce the need for hospitalisation!  The point however is that despite the uncertainty, State as well as the Corporate portrayed those who refused to vaccinate, as anti social, or anti national, and even threatened boycotts, prevented essential travel , access to public places etc. This was a clear abuse of power.  The pharma companies used the "fear" of the majority to brow beat those who had clear beliefs on the issue of vaccination. And as mentioned the main purpose was to do things at the speed of science, including the science of capital. It is essential that the world comes to some kind of agreement, laws etc, whereby governance and democracy is not hussled.

Pfizer did not know whether Covid vaccine stopped transmission before rollout, executive admits https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/pfizer-did-not-know-whether-covid-vaccine-stopped-transmission-before-rollout-executive-admits/news-story/f307f28f794e173ac017a62784fec414 A Pfizer exec has made a frank admission during a parliamentary hearing, with one representative describing it as “shocking, even criminal”. "we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market"

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/israeli-officials-were-surprised-and-disappointed-vaccines-did-not-stop-transmission/news-story/9c925c5c0f7ae3b2e645519b5bd0dce6

https://twitter.com/Rob_Roos/status/1579759795225198593

 

 

BJP सरकार का शर्मनाक बयान ,सुप्रीम कोर्ट में कहा वैक्सीन लगाना जरूरी नहीं! 29.11.22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqbNZiy8_MM

Government Not Liable To Compensate For Deaths Due To COVID Vaccination : Centre Tells Supreme Court Deepankar Malviya 29 Nov 2022 https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/government-not-liable-to-compensate-for-deaths-due-to-covid-vaccination-centre-tells-supreme-court-215344

BJP सरकार का शर्मनाक बयान ,सुप्रीम कोर्ट में कहा वैक्सीन लगाना जरूरी नहीं!

Why NGOs want to help but can’t  Pradip K. Saha Delhi 28 May 2021 https://themorningcontext.com/chaos/why-ngos-want-to-help-but-cant
Civil society organizations are crucial for last-mile delivery of services and relief, especially when a pandemic is raging. Yet the restrictive new FCRA rules have left them starved of funds and unable to respond to those in need.

AAP Vs BJP Over "Exaggerated" Oxygen Demand: WATCH Debate Between AAP's Jasmine Shah, BJP's RP Singh  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxctZEW57E Jun 25, 2021

The Supreme Court audit panel alleges that the Delhi government sought 4 times more oxygen than required during the second wave. Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that there is no such report by Supreme Court Audit Committee. He also said that BJP leaders are lying.
Now, BJP has shared the proof of report being shared with the Delhi Government.
AAP's Jasmine Shah said, "There is no interim report which has the sign or approval of members of the committee."
BJP's RP Singh said, "Things move digitally in the times of pandemic. They can keep denying, but they are caught now."

 

Modi government versus Arvind Kejriwal over Report that Delhi “exaggerated” Oxygen need in COVID https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxk2wtKlUAs The Delhi government exaggerated its demand for Oxygen by four times, says a report that has triggered a war of words between the Kejriwal government and the Modi government. The Centre says these are the findings of a Supreme Court audit, the AAP says the findings are "malicious and false" Barkha Dutt discusses the matter with Sanjay Hegde (Senior Advocate), PKD Nambiar (Political Analyst), Ruchika Gupta, MD Gupta (Batra Hospital), and Saket Tiku (All India Oxygen Manufacturers).

 

https://youtube.com/embed/A3g37btQr7o?start=30&end=139   AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria, who heads the sub group that led the audit on Delhi oxygen, said that the final report is not out yet. Dr Guleria also said that it would not be correct to say that Delhi "exaggerated" its oxygen needs by four times during the second wave of Covid. "I can't say for sure about the four times exaggeration of oxygen demand." The observations of the report has set off a new clash between the Centre and Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the capital.

So after the Covid lockdown, have most of the migrant laborers returned to work outside Bihar? 

https://countercurrents.org/2022/06/two-years-after-covid-lockdown-the-pain-of-bihars-migrant-labour-continues/

“Oh no, no! For the first time in my life it seems that the village has been populated. Over the years the boys and men of the village have returned to the village and are mingling with each other here. Now you will say that it is a matter of great happiness, but our village, which looks populated from outside, is miserable from inside. The reason for this misery is unemployment. For how many days can one feel good in the village with unemployment? Tell me?” asked Afzal Ali.

It was a question posed to us as reply to our question. Pankaj and I stared at each other. The village is full of people and there is much joy visible but the families are helpless, what kind of contradiction is this?

It turns out that most of the people of the village have been here for two years, because most of them have not been called to work in the big cities as yet. Many are still scared that their condition may become similar to that during the Covid lockdown – they may be trapped in the city without any support system to take care of them!

“If 40 people returned to the village, there were only  ten among them who had managed to return to the city for work. The rest are sitting around in village jobless” says Afzal.

The MGNREGA scheme, also known as the ‘100 days guaranteed employment’ scheme was meant to ensure that ‘every hand gets work with full wages’. So, what is the status of MGNREGA in this village?

Pankaj Ram provided the answer. He said, “How can people live on the basis of MGNREGA, sir? Low wages are also one of the reasons why MGNREGA does not attract people anymore.  On top of this the local panchayat can’t even generate 100 days of employment for the laborers in a year, that’s why people have also stopped asking about it. People would prefer to work instead of sitting empty handed but MNREGA work is simply not available”.

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प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने 25 दिसम्बर 2021 को टीवी पे आके ऐलान किया कि भारत 10 जनवरी 2022 से कोविड वैक्सीन के तीसरी ख़ुराक यानी बूस्टर डोसस की शुरुआत करेगा। तब ओमीकरान वैरिएंट की आहट हो चुकी थी। पर 24 दिसम्बर को हुई एक प्रेस वार्ता मे कोविड प्रबंधन के शीर्ष नेतृत्व ने तीसरी ख़ुराख के सवाल से साफ कन्नी काट ली थी। तो आखिर 24 घंटो के भीतर विज्ञान कैसे बदल गया? भारत की कौन सी वैज्ञानिक संस्था ने इसे रातो-रात मंजूर कर दिया? इस पेचिदा सवाल का जवाब जानने के लिए द वायर ने एक साथ कई सारी आरटीआई याचिकाएँ डाली। हमारी इन्वेस्टीगेशन में जो सामने आया वह तथ्य बेहद परेशान करने वाले थे। देखिए हमारी यह एक्सक्लूसिव रिपोर्ट. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2XeT9I2Jtg&t=222s 

A dipstick survey covering 30 villages in Rajasthan threw up some worrisome numbers. About 250 children missed their regular vaccination schedule in March alone. These numbers are alarming, since India has around 600,000 villages according to the 2011 census.

https://www.rediff.com/news/report/covid-19-fallout-5-million-kids-missed-vaccination/20200427.htm 

Leading vaccine makers say all vaccines, except those given immediately after birth (such as BCG), have been impacted.

The UNICEF recently said as Covid-19 continues to spread globally, over 117 million children in 37 countries could miss out on receiving life-saving measles vaccination.

Measles immunisation campaigns have already been delayed in 24 countries, and might be postponed in many more countries as well.

by Sohini Das

27/04/2022