22.46 crore vaccine doses provided to states/UTs: Centre

New Delhi: Amid constant attacks over shortage of vaccine doses across the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that more than 22.46 crore vaccine doses have been provided to all the states and Union Territories. Of these, 1.84 crore are still available with states, UTs to be administered, whole 3,20,380 vaccine doses will be received by the states/UTs within the next 3 days.

As on date, more than 22.24 crore vaccine doses have been provided by the government, both through the free of cost category and through the direct state procurement from the manufacturer category.

Of this, the total consumption including wastage, is 20,48,04,853 doses, as per the latest data. More than 1.84 crore Covid vaccine doses (1,84,92,677) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

Implementation of the Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination started from May 1, 2021.

Under the strategy, in each month, 50 per cent of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by the Govt. of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the state governments free of cost as was being done earlier.

India started its vaccination drive on January 16 with two approved vaccine – Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from Serum Institute of India. Meanwhile, Sputnik V, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Centre, has also received approval from the Drug Controller General of India(DCGI) and will soon be administered in the country.  Besides, the country is also in talks with American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to approve their vaccine in the country. However, the final decision is yet to be taken. 

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