Yes good work happened yesterday but this is not a series of events, this is a process and govt has to make this process work not just on one day but every day until we have vaccinated our whole population: Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with Media. Excerpts via INC India:

The purpose of this white paper is not to finger point at the government. The purpose of this white paper is to help the nation prepare for the third wave that is going to come

It is pretty clear, the management of first and second wave was disastrous. This is a blueprint on how to react to third wave which is going to come. It is our intention to provide government with information & insights on what went wrong

It is pretty clear that the third wave is coming and I would even go so far to say that you might even have waves after the third wave because this virus is continuously mutating and changing form

It is important that the government prepares itself for what is going to come. What does it mean to prepare itself? It means have the infrastructure ready, which was not ready in the first and second wave

The central pillar of fighting Covid is vaccination. It is very important that we aggressively do vaccinations and cross this bridge of 100% vaccination as soon as possible because that is the only protection

This White Paper is the discussion that has taken place within the Congress structure. We have basically developed four pillars

One pillar of course is the idea of understanding exactly what went wrong which is the foundation of the white paper and our suggestion there is to have a commission that looks into some of the shortcomings so we can correct them

Second pillar is the preparation for the third wave which includes developing critical infrastructure which includes oxygen and other elements

Third pillar is the idea of an economic assistance package. Covid is not just a biological but also an economic & social phenomenon. That’s why we have to ensure that poorest, weakest people, small & medium businesses are provided support

Fourth and final element is a Covid compensation fund where we give money to people who have lost their loved ones where we commit to them support of the Indian nation and say that look we stand with you in this difficult time

Vaccination is really the only answer we have for Covid. It is the central pillar of our strategy. Yes good work happened yesterday but this is not a series of events, this is a process and we have a humongous task in front of us

We have to make sure that this task is done. And it (govt) has to make this process work not just on one day but every day until we have vaccinated our whole population

The government must treat all states equally. This is a matter of life and death and the government must not view Indian states as BJP states versus opposition states

All states must be viewed in the same light, all states must be provided with the same assistance, all states must be provided with the same quantity of vaccinations that are required

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