At least three coronavirus vaccines are now on the verge of production in our country. When scientists clear it (the vaccine), our country will have the capacity to produce sufficient vaccines to enable what we are promising here—in Bihar, everyone will get a free vaccine… This is our first promise in our sankalp patra (manifesto).
That’s what Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said as she unveiled the BJP’s election manifesto in Bihar—and immediately triggered condemnation and outrage. While many were angry at the party for using the vaccine to play politics, other state governments have genuine concerns about the announcement—and the financial pressure it puts on them to distribute free vaccines.
Note from the Editor: This year, Dussehra falls on a Sunday—which is a working day for the splainer team (as we get ready for our Monday edition). Since our team will be taking that day off, we will not be publishing splainer on Monday as usual. So we will see you all on Tuesday am—with lots of good stuff as usual! Wishing you all a long and festive weekend! Happy, happy Dussehra to all!
Rising Delhi pollution is a serious Covid threat
The TLDR: Air quality in Delhi and other parts of North India is already worse than 2018 and 2019. But this year, the always toxic levels of pollution pose an added threat. The reason: the pandemic. Studies on the virus show that people who live in highly polluted parts of the world are more likely to become infected, develop severe symptoms and even die.
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