The resurgence of the pandemic in Maharashtra, especially in Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati districts, is a worrying development. In response the government has imposed a lockdown in these three districts. Given how the lockdown strategy failed to contain cases to areas where surges were detected, the state government should instead train its focus on testing and vaccination capacity in these places.
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With Serum Institute reportedly sitting on huge stocks and racing to liquidate them before expiry, the slow footedness in vaccination is surprising. Vaccination must be opened up to the private market without further delay given that 63% of India frequents private health facilities. Finally, RT-PCR testing should be scaled up, given the possibility that the rapid antigen tests are returning too many false negatives.
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