The third wave will decide the capacity of the new Health Minister Mandaviya, the big target is to give the vaccine to all adults by December

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If Harshvardhan's leaf is cut and Mansukh Mandaviya coming from Gujarat gets a big ministry like health, then the challenge is also to overcome the third wave. Given the possibility of a third wave after September, Mandaviya will have less time to prepare to deal with it.


The challenge of the third wave of the corona is great because no one knows about its timing, infectiousness, prevalence, and lethality. The vaccine is seen as the only weapon to deal with it. The government has set a target of giving both doses of the vaccine to all 94 crore adults by December.


Children are expected to be most affected by corona in the third wave. Separately, about 80 crore doses will have to be arranged for them. At the same time, after the mutation taking place in the virus, questions have also been raised about the effectiveness of the vaccine. The epidemic is spreading again in Israel, which has vaccinated most of the people. There will also have to be adequate provision of medicines for children along with massive infrastructure throughout the country.


During the second wave of Corona, when the entire country was facing a shortage of medicines like Remdesivir and Amphotericin-B, Mansukh Mandaviya played an important role in ensuring supply by increasing their production. In a matter of weeks, the production of remdesivir was tripled. In the case of the black fungus, the same was the case with the production of amphotericin-B. Prime Minister Modi may have decided to give him the responsibility of the health ministry, given Mandaviya's activism and his efforts as minister of state in the pharma department when the crisis was at its peak. Apart from this, Mandaviya's role is said to be behind the success of PM's ambitious plan to provide affordable medicines to the poor through Jan Aushadhi Kendras. His ability to deal with challenges swiftly can come in handy during the third wave.