‘Plan for Covid-like disaster in future’

New Delhi, December 21

The Parliamentary panel on the Ministry of Home Affairs, headed by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, has concluded that sudden imposition of lockdown led to “unprecedented disruptions in economic activities with severe social and economic fallouts”. It has asked the Centre “to formulate a national plan for quick response to such a crisis in future”.

It has also recommended that any vaccine against Covid-19 should be granted emergency use authorisation only after proper consideration and conducting trials on a sufficient sample size.

In a report submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, the panel said there was a need for a comprehensive public health law to keep a tab on private hospitals and check black-marketing of medicines. At the same time, it said, people must be made aware about cheaper and effective medicines to prevent them from spending a huge amount on expensive drugs. — TNS

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