March 15, 2021

VacciNation: Gaps vex rollout of the jab

Shankkar Aiyar discusses how India has a limited window to rebuild its economy on the opportunities the pandemic has unveiled with much resting on the success of vaccine rollout.


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"The causation of the gap between the need and the jab is located in the confluence of design inadequacies in policy, uneven implementation across states and insufficient evangelism. In his pathbreaking book, ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness’ Nobel laureate Richard Thaler makes a pertinent point: “A choice architect has the responsibility for organizing the context in which people make decisions.”


The government is the ‘choice architect’ in the design of the vaccination rollout and it must organise and reorganise the context. While global consensus is built around first protecting the vulnerable and elderly, studies do suggest that a restrictive and slower rollout could result in room for rise of newer mutant strains. Ergo the yawning gap between planned capacity and actual vaccination calls for real-time modifications in classification of deemed priorities."

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