Health Ministry alerts Maharashtra, Kerala & MP on VOA Delta Plus Variant cases; PM pens a blog;Cong. issues white paper
New Delhi, June 22:Union Health Ministry has advised Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh on Delta Plus Variant, currently a Variant of Concern (VOC), and asked states to take up immediate containment measures, enhanced testing, tracking, and vaccination in districts and clusters where the Delta Plus variant is found
(Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”.
That’s the warning from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday published a report showing that the “great majority” of national immunization plans in 157 countries lacked “clarity” on anticipated coverage for people who have no legal proof of their identity, “regardless of whether their age, health status or role in society would otherwise place them in a priority group”)
According to Health Ministry, Adequate samples of positive persons to be promptly sent to designated laboratories of INSACOG so that the clinical epidemiological correlations can be made, the government has said while more than 29.35 crores (29,35,04,820) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 27,20,14,523 doses.
More than 2.14 crore (2,14,90,297) COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.
Furthermore, more than 33,80,590 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.
According to the latest data,India reports 42,640 new #COVID19 cases (lowest in 91 days), 81,839 discharges & 1,167 deaths in last 24 hours and now the total cases: 2,99,77,861 Total discharges: 2,89,26,038 Death toll: 3,89,302 Active cases: 6,62,521 Total Vaccination: 28,87,66,201.
Prime Minister shared his blog titled-Reforms by conviction and incentives.
Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”.
That’s the warning from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday published a report showing that the “great majority” of national immunization plans in 157 countries lacked “clarity” on anticipated coverage for people who have no legal proof of their identity, “regardless of whether their age, health status or role in society would otherwise place them in a priority group”.
Although it is relatively common for governments not to identify stateless people in their vaccination plans – and only two have barred stateless people specifically – UNHCR said that there were many reasons why those without identification papers could be left unprotected during the pandemic.
“In many contexts, stateless people were barred from accessing testing and treatment due to lack of legal status and were excluded from social services, notwithstanding the fact that they faced especially severe socio-economic impacts” during the first year of the pandemic, UNHCR said.
Its report maintained that the trend predates the pandemic and that those who do not have identity documents will be excluded from vaccination “unless States make particular efforts to reach them”.
Typically, stateless people “do not appear in civil registers or national population registers; their lack of legal identity documents has effectively made them invisible to the authorities”, the UN agency explained.
There are at least 4.2 million people without nationality, in 94 countries, according to UNHCR, whose mandate is to prevent and reduce statelessness and to protect stateless people who are among the minorities hardest-hit by the new coronavirus.
To ensure that national vaccination plans are as inclusive as possible, UNHCR has urged authorities in host countries to accept alternative forms of proof of identity than nationality or identity cards.
“Given that many stateless people already face widespread exclusion and marginalization, barriers to access must be addressed and special consideration given to their situation,” said UNHCR’s International Protection chief, Gillian Triggs.
The UN agency said that since the pandemic began, many stateless people have been too afraid of being arrested or deported to seek health care and access social services.
The potentially high cost of medical attention and vaccinations “can also be prohibitive for stateless people”, UNHCR noted, as they are usually not covered by public healthcare schemes in the 212 countries and locations where COVID-19 immunization has begun.
Despite these obstacles, the agency pointed out that the UN-partnered equitable vaccination access program COVAX was set up to provide jabs to all 190 participating countries or territories which could then immunize their most vulnerable members of society.
UNHCR also reiterated World Health Organization (WHO) guidance that vaccinations should be prioritized for “disadvantaged ethnic, racial, gender, and religious groups, vulnerable migrants in irregular situations, nomadic populations and hard-to-reach populations”, which include stateless communities.
Birth registrations jam
UNHCR also warned that the suspension of birth registrations in a number of countries will likely increase statelessness globally. “Countries, where birth registration services were partially or fully suspended, are now reporting lower birth registration rates as well as substantial backlogs,” the agency said, adding that birth registry campaigns for hard-to-reach populations at risk of statelessness “have also been suspended in many contexts”.
Highlighting the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minorities which make up 75 percent of the world’s known stateless people, UNHCR explained that their loss of livelihoods and limited access to education and other social services “have worsened existing inequalities in ways likely to extend beyond the end of the pandemic”.
A number of countries now offer universal COVID-19 vaccination strategies including Spain, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Jordan.
In the United Kingdom, undocumented migrants, including stateless people, will be able to receive the vaccine “and their data will not be shared with the police”.
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