Paul is member, NITI Aayog.
Vinod K Paul writes: The CRS report for 2020 is of special significance. It was the first year of the pandemic and there is interest in the estimates of the Covid-19-related death burden in this phase.
Lockdown in India decelerated the pandemic, averted lakhs of cases, saved thousands of lives. The time it provided has been utilised effectively to strengthen the health system.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana will ease burden on poor, be a catalyst for more changes in health sector.