Authors: Harsh Vardhan Pachisia, Sharmadha Srinivasan and Anushka Bhansali
This was first published in The Wire. The views are of the individual authors.
India aims to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of July to put the brakes on the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is an ambitious target, the state is slowly ramping up capacity and is currently administering 2 million shots a day. However, the real boost to both the vaccination drive and to resolving this public health crisis can come from plugging the major data gaps (right from collection to dissemination) within the government. COVID-19 has highlighted the cracks in the system for many countries, all of whom are slowly catching up to the importance of plugging data gaps. Improvement in the collection, analysis and sharing of health data could pave the way for a faster recovery from this pandemic and become a part of the playbook for navigating all future public health crises.
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