Over 1 crore vaccine doses available with states, UTs, says Centre

Marco Green
April 28, 2021

With states complaining of vaccine shortage, the Centre on Tuesday released data to say more than one crore doses, to be administered to priority groups, were available with states and 86 lakh more would be distributed over the next three days. States like UP, Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat and Jharkhand have the largest balance availability of doses at present. "Furthermore, 3,00,000 doses of Covid vaccines are in the pipeline for delivery in the next three days", the ministry stated.

"Recently some media reports quoting some government officials from Maharashtra have pointed out that the vaccines in the State are finished thereby adversely impacting the vaccination drive in the state".

Over the weekend, figures confirmed more than half of the UK's total population has received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

A day ahead of when India opens vaccine registration for all over 18, figures from the Health Ministry show that relative to stocks, Tamil Nadu reported a high percentage of vaccine wastage of almost 8.83%.

"Over 57 lakh (57,70,000) vaccine doses will be received in addition by the states/UTs within the next three days", it said. The data reflects wastage in terms of the number of doses received by states and UTs. "The first doses will be delivered on May 1", Kirill Dmitriev, said, adding he hoped Russian supplies would help India navigate its way out of the pandemic in time.

Rajasthan has so far been supplied 1,36,12,360 doses and the total consumption has been 1,32,20,358, including wastage. They would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market.

Karnataka has been given 94,47,900 doses and the total consumption, including wastage, has been 91,01,215.

Chhattisgarh has received 59,16,550 doses and the total utilisation, including wastage, has been 55,77,587. Potential beneficiaries can either register directly on CoWIN portal (cowin.gov.in) or through the Aarogya Setu app.

People aged 42 and over in England are now able to book their Covid-19 jab, the health secretary has said.

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