EC examines Covid situation in poll-linked states, emphasizes need for jabs

The Election Commission discussed the Covid situation with the Union’s health secretary and health experts on Thursday and stressed the need to vaccinate all eligible people in five states linked to the poll, sources said.

In a separate meeting, the electoral panel also discussed the public order situation in the five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur – with Union Home Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

Besides Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the meeting to assess the Covid situation was also attended by AIIMS director Randeep Guleria and ICMR’s Balram Bhargava, sources familiar with the interactions said.

The polling panel carried out a “full review” of the status of Covid and gathered comments from medical experts on the security measures to be ensured during the campaign and the poll. He stressed to the health secretary the need to ensure a full vaccination for all eligible people, the sources said.

In a previous meeting with Bhushan on December 27, the electoral panel asked him to step up the vaccination campaign in the five states.

Elections are scheduled in all five states and the Commission is expected to vote in the coming days.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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