Government management of Vax, unpopular export decision in rural areas

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS): The second wave of Covid-19, since April, has overwhelmed the healthcare system, leading to a shortage of medical oxygen and essential drugs and has left many people struggling to secure hospital beds for their treatment. People’s concerns have also increased, due to the severe shortage of vaccines amid the deadly second wave and the warning of an impending third wave.

The devastation caused by this deadly viral infection has also impacted the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government regarding the Covid vaccine stewardship adopted to combat the deadly virus, as well as its decision to export vaccines to countries in need amid the pandemic.

According to the ABP-C Voter Modi 2.0 bulletin, 44.9% of people in both urban and rural areas believe the Modi government has appropriately managed the management of the Covid vaccine amid the pandemic. Breaking down that number reveals that 50.6% of people in urban areas believe the government has handled the Covid vaccine correctly, while 42.4% of people in rural areas also feel the same way.

But 46.5% of people in rural areas believe the government has not adequately managed the management of Covid vaccines, which is of significance in the context of reports indicating that the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has affected rural areas on a much larger scale, compared to the first wave last year. Even according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the spread of the virus in rural areas of the country is of great concern.

43.9% of people in urban and rural areas believe the government has not properly managed the Covid vaccine. 11. 2 percent of people in urban areas could not say anything about the government’s handling of the management of Covid vaccines.

Many political leaders have criticized the Center for its decision to export Covid vaccines to other countries, instead of prioritizing inoculating its own citizens. According to the CVoter-ABP News survey, 47.9% of people, in both urban and rural areas, seem to agree with the Modi government’s decision to export Covid vaccines. This includes 54.5% of the population of urban areas and 45.1% of rural areas, who see no flaws in the government’s decision to export vaccines.

However, 34.5 percent of the population, including 29 percent in urban areas and 36.9 percent in rural areas, disagreed with the government’s decision to export vaccines. People who had nothing to say about this political decision were 17.5%, of which 16.5% in urban areas and 18% in rural areas.

The survey sample size was 1,070 and it was conducted from May 23 to 27.

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