In this blog, we explore three key actions linked to strategic purchasing that India’s AB-PMJAY scheme can apply by leveraging its influence as a major purchaser of services and goods in the country. These same actions are readily generalizable and can replicated by other jurisdictions to save money, improve health and accelerate a country’s journey towards UHC.
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In January 2021, India embarked on one of the world’s largest vaccination drives ever in an attempt to control COVID-19 in the country. After nine months, 29 percent of the national population is partially vaccinated, and only 15 percent is fully vaccinated.
India’s second COVID-19 wave has been explosive, reaching world record totals of over 300,000 daily officially reported cases. The true number is likely to be much higher, with a large number of cases missed as indicated by the delays in testing and rapidly rising positivity rates - currently one in every four people tested are positive for COVID-19 across India. Leading models estimate that there could be over 1 million cases per day. The health service has collapsed, with queues of ambulances parked outside full hospitals, oxygen and drug shortages in multiple states, and life-saving non-COVID services interrupted.