Just concluded a call with Secretary Antony Blinken.Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister
Our discussions focussed on Indian requirements to address the Covid challenge more effectively.
Reviewed the flow of equipment and material from the US.
Highlighted the importance of strengthening oxygen supply, expanding vaccine production and increasing Remdesivir supply.
Appreciated the forthcoming response of the US in this regard.
Reviewed Covid19 with officers of 6 high incidence districts.
Have directed to ready additional Level 2 & 3 beds along with proper arrangement of doctors & other healthcare personnel.
Weekend lockdown to be strictly enforced & additional restrictions will be imposed if necessary.
Pinarayi Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala :
Strict restrictions from 4th.
Air, rail travellers won’t be inconvenienced.
Smooth cargo movement will be ensured.
Only home delivery and take away at restaurants.
No interruption in telecom and internet services.
Banks should promote online transactions.
Double masks in public spaces, shops, offices and anywhere outside the house make a big difference.
Request political, social and religious leaders, film stars and cultural icons, individuals and organisations to join in creating awareness regarding it.
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
Grateful that Supreme Court has raised the two issues that the Congress had first raised 15 days ago: vaccine prices and compulsory licensing to manufacture vaccines
The government brushed aside the Congress.
The PM did not even acknowledge the letter of the former PM.
The Health Minister was rude in addition to being incompetent
Let us see how the government responds to the Supreme Court’s concerns and questions
Think of any disaster, you’ll find Sikh volunteers rallying to the site, feeding migrant workers, helping riot victims, cleaning up after floods.Harsh Goenka – chairman, rpg ent.
What is it about their values that makes so many of them do so much good?
Now they have organised ‘oxygen langar’.
Received a call from State Councilor & FM Wang Yi conveying China’s sympathies at the COVID challenge now faced by India.Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister
Discussed the international cooperation aspects of the public health response to this difficult situation.
Highlighted the importance of supply chains and air flights being kept open in these circumstances. Welcomed his assurances in that regard, as also more openness to Indian chartered flights.
Also discussed the issue of full and sincere implementation of the Moscow Agreement of complete disengagement at all friction points along the LAC and full restoration of peace and tranquility in Eastern Ladakh. Agreed to continue discussions in this respect.
The Council of Ministers met today to discuss the situation arising out of the second wave of COVID in the country.
The Council of Ministers meeting noted that the present pandemic crisis is ‘once in a century crisis’ and has thrown a big challenge for the world.
Government of India’s Team India approach to fight COVID, based on the collective efforts of the Centre, State Governments and people of India was highlighted.
PM Narendra Modi said that all arms of the Government are working unitedly & rapidly to deal with the situation.
He also urged the Ministers to stay in touch with people of their respective regions, help them and keep getting their feedback.
He stressed upon the need to ensure that issues at the local level are promptly identified and addressed.
The Council also reviewed all the efforts made in the last 14 months by the Central and State Governments and the people of India.
The efforts by the Central Government in coordination with the states towards building up infrastructure in the form of ramping up hospital beds, PSA oxygen facilities etc, resolving issues in production, storage & transport of Oxygen, tackling matters relating to availability of essential medicines were briefed.
The measures being taken to further ramp up their supply and availability were also pointed out.
The support measures to the vulnerable population in the form of provision of food-grains and financial support to Jan Dhan account holders were also pointed out.
It was also noted that India could successfully produce two vaccines and there are many candidates at the various stages of approval and induction. More than 15 crore vaccinations have been done as on date.
The council of Ministers also stressed the importance of Covid appropriate behaviour– wearing a mask, keeping physical distance of 6 feet and washing hands frequently.
The Council reiterated that the participation of society is a key aspect to accomplish the gigantic task ahead and expressed confidence that the country will rise to the occasion and defeat the virus.
The meeting, held through video conferencing, was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi & attended by Ministers as well Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary. Member (Health) NITI Aayog Dr. V.K. Paul made a presentation on Management of Covid-19 pandemic.