Set up field hospitals with help from government research agencies or the private sector: Centre to states ahead of fresh round of COVID-19 vaccination
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As India is all set to kick off the new vaccination phase from May 1, the centre has asked states to consider setting up field hospitals with help from government research agencies or the private sector. From May 1 onwards, all above age of 18 shall be vaccinated.

The recommendation is one of many in the latest strategy guide released by the centre today to boost India's vaccination drive forward.

The Centre has directed the states to take help from agencies like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and similar agencies in the private sector to build field hospitals.

The centre said states should try to register more private vaccination centres in "mission mode".

"The CoWIN platform has now stabilised and is working at scale flawlessly. It is equipped to handle the complexities of the new phase of vaccination starting from May 1," said Dr RS Sharma, chairman of the empowered group on technology and data management on COVID-19.

He also asserted that it is important for states to upload correct and timely data as any incorrect data would compromise the integrity of the entire system. The centre asked states to opay "fair and regular remuneration" to frontline health workers.

The spurt in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks have led to what is now being called a deadlier second wave of the pandemic. Besides, this time patients are complaining more of breathlessness. On the other hand, the supply of oxygen has dwindled gradually due to the sudden jump in demand across cities and states.

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