After several states reported vaccine shortage and denied to extend the coverage to all adults above 18 years of age in Phase 3, the Centre on Friday said over 1 crore of Covid vaccine doses are still available in stocks with states.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said over 2.45 crore people have registered themselves on the government’s registration website Co-Win for the third phase. He also informed via tweet that more than 16.33 crore Covid vaccine doses have allocated to the states and union territories and more than 1 crore doses are still available in stocks with them. In an official statement the health ministry said the total consumption including wastages is 15,33,56,503 doses,
Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bengal, Kerala, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Punjab are among the states that reported vaccine shortage ahead of Phase 3 Covid vaccination. In a televised press briefing on Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the citizens not to queue up for Covid shots. He said as soon as vaccines arrive, the government will let you know.
Delhi is set to receive around 3 lakh Covishield doses by Sunday. Kejriwal said vaccine makers Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech will give 67 lakh doses each Delhi over next two months.
The Covid vaccination process in Mumbai for the age group 18-44 will be done at five Centres Nair Hospital, BKC Jumbo Facility, Cooper Hospital, Seven Hills Hospital and Rajawadi Hospital on Saturday. A civic body official said that atleast 20,000 doses of vaccines are available for the age group.
Tamil Nadu is waiting for 1.5 crore Covid vaccine doses, Bengal too is running low on vaccines while Telangana too has said it’s running low on vaccine stocks.
Amid the controversy on vaccine pricing, Bharat Biotech has reduced the price for states from Rs 600 to 400 per dose while the Serum Institute of India has cut the prices from Rs 400 to 300.
India has been witnessing an alarming surge in Covid cases over the last few weeks.