Amid positive news regarding COVID-19 vaccine development from companies such as Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy has said that a shot, when it becomes available, should be provided free of cost to all.
"I believe (Covid-19 vaccine) should be a public good and everybody should be vaccinated free. These vaccines should be free for the entire population on the planet," Murthy told The Economic Times in an interview.
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"All vaccine-producing companies should be compensated by the UN or the individual countries for their cost and not for huge profits," Murthy added.
Several state governments in India, including Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have promised to provide free vaccine to its people when it becomes available.
Speaking about Work From Home (WFH), which has been the norm since the outbreak of the pandemic and the virus-induced lockdown across the world, Murthy said that he feels it is only a temporary measure to reduce the spread of the disease.
"Let us remember most houses in our country are small and getting a secluded place at home where you can focus on work is difficult," ET quoted him as saying. Murthy added that schools cannot be shut down and he supports the re-opening of schools.
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"We have to take all precautions—PPEs (personal protective equipment), social distancing, masks everything we have to. However, we cannot close our schools," Murthy said, adding also that while India is facing challenges on economic front, several sectors are showing signs of recovery.
"... We need the Keynesian method at this point of time—it doesn’t have to be only the government, it could be in other ways too," Murthy said.