On January 9, 2021 Government of India appointed RS Sharma, former chief of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI)as head of a 10 member empowered committee for administration of COVID-19 vaccine.
The members of the committee comprises senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI).
Highlights of the Committee
The committee can invite distinguished persons when there is a need to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine through Co-WIN app.
About RS Sharma:
i.RS Sharma, an Indian Administrative Service(IAS) officer has been made a member of National Expert Group of Vaccine Administration of COVID-19, formed in August 2020 and is headed by VK Paul, a NITI Aayog member.
ii.It is to be recalled that he was the 1st person to officially initiate a discussion on vaccination delivery in Indian govt in 2020 when COVID-19 cases were at peak.
iii.He has worked as the Director General and Mission Director of UIDAI as a founding CEO for India’s ID project , Aadhaar for four years (2009-2013).
India to Start Mega Vaccination Drive on January 16, 2021
i.On January 16, 2021 India will start its mega vaccination drive against coronavirus, the world’s largest inoculation programme.
ii.In the 1st phase, 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers will be vaccinated.
iii.After this, about 27 crore people above 50 years and under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, will be vaccinated.
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On July 06, 2020, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set up an 11-member expert committee headed by Dr K S Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India to study impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on human rights of individuals, particularly marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society, together with migrant labourers & will also study the future response of the government.