NEW DELHI: More than two crores of COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with States and Union Territories, while nearly three lakh doses are in the works and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry announced on Monday. .
The Center has so far provided more than 20 crore (20,76,10,230) doses of vaccine free of charge to states and union territories. Of this total, the total consumption, calculated on the basis of average figures, until May 16, including waste, is 18,71,13,705 doses (according to data available at 8 a.m. on Monday), he said. added.
“More than two crores of COVID-19 vaccine doses (2.04,96,525) are still available with states and UTs to administer,” the ministry said. In addition, 2.94,660 doses of vaccine are being prepared and will be received by states in the next three days, he said.
As part of the National Viral Disease Vaccination Campaign, the Indian government has supported states by providing them with vaccine doses free of charge, in addition to several efforts to speed up vaccine production and delivery.
Immunization is an integral pillar of the government’s overall strategy for containment and management of the pandemic, as well as “Test, Track, Treat” and COVID behavior, the ministry said.
Implementation of the liberalized and accelerated phase 3 COVID-19 vaccination strategy began on May 1. As part of the strategy, each month, 50% of the vaccine doses authorized by the central drug laboratory (CDL) of any manufacturer would be purchased. by the government.
It would continue to make these doses available to states free of charge, the ministry added.