States, UTs have over 20 crore vaccine doses, more to be sent soon: Health Ministry

New Delhi: As many as two crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories while around 26 lakh are in line to be shipped and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

India’s vaccination drive, which kick started on January 16, is an integral part of country’s management strategy for containment and management of the pandemic along with test, treat ad Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, it added.

“The government of India has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 21 crore vaccine doses (21,07,31,130) to states and UTs.

Of this, the total consumption (including wastage) is 19,09,60,575 doses (as per data available at 8 am today),” the ministry said.

“Nearly 2.00 crore (1,97,70,555) COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered,” it said.

“Furthermore, nearly 26 lakh (25,98,760) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and UTs within the next three days,” it added.

While the government has been sending vaccine doses to states and UTs free of cost, it has also allowed the state governments to directly procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers. 

Under government’s phase 3 vaccination, which enables all the adults above 18 to administer vaccine doses, the government said it would procure 50 per cent of the total Central  Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer.  

A total of 18,70,09,792 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 11,66,090 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours, the government said in its 8 am update. 

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