Industry body FICCI has urged the government to ramp up COVID testing in the states and open vaccination for the age group 18-45 years, assuring full support of the industry in fighting the epidemic. “We are currently testing about 11 lakh samples a day, while we reached the test level of 1.5 million samples a day in January. FICCI Chairman Uday Shankar said in a letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan, “Further, there is a capacity to operate 2,440 laboratories in the country for COVID testing, including more than 1,200 from the private sector.”
He said that states may be advised to make maximum use of facilities in the private sector to achieve the desired test capacity. Shankar also urged the government to open vaccination for the age group of 18-45, as this age group is acting as the superspreaders of infection in the country.
“Given that there is no shortage of vaccines and a greater scope to increase immunization capacity through greater involvement of the private sector, we urge you to open vaccination to help reduce the spread of infection for this age group.” Urging, as well as the seriousness of the cases. In the country, “he said. Shankar also assured the government of the industry’s full support and cooperation in fighting this crisis.