Centre to supply 192 lakh COVID vaccines to states/UTs from May 16-31: Health ministry

A complete of 191.99 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines–Covishield and Covaxin–will be provided to states/UTs freed from price from Could 16 to Could 31, the Union well being ministry mentioned on Friday. The supply schedule for the allocation shall be shared upfront. States/UTs have been requested to direct the officers involved to make sure rational and even handed utilisation of allotted doses and minimise vaccine wastage, it mentioned.

The 191.99 lakh doses embrace 162.5 lakh Covishield doses and 29.49 lakh Covaxin doses.

“The essential goal behind informing the states and UTs upfront of the quantum of free vaccine doses to be made obtainable from Authorities of India for 15 days is to make sure that they put together efficient plans for even handed and optimum utilisation of those free vaccine doses that are meant for the age group of 45 and above, and for healthcare and frontline staff,” the ministry mentioned.

Within the earlier fortnight, that’s 1 Could-Could 15, 2021, a complete quantum of greater than 1.7 crore vaccine doses has been made obtainable by the Centre to states/UTs, freed from cost.

As well as, greater than 4.39 crore doses had been made obtainable for direct procurement by the states in addition to personal hospitals within the month of Could, the ministry mentioned.

The cumulative variety of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered within the nation is sort of 18 crore (17.93 crore as per the 7 am provisional report on Friday).

The COVID-19 vaccination drive has efficiently accomplished 118 days whereby 17.93 crore doses have been administered to recognized beneficiaries via collaborative efforts of all states and UTs.

India is the quickest nation globally to succeed in the 17 crore goal in 114 days. The US took 115 days and China took 119 days to manage the identical quantity of doses.

The ‘Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination Technique’ is being applied from Could 1 2021 whereby 50 per cent of the obtainable doses are earmarked for provide to states and UTs, as freed from price provide from Authorities of India channel, whereas the remaining 50 per cent is obtainable for direct procurement from the vaccine producers by states and UTs and personal hospitals.

The allocation of Centre’s provides to states/UTs is set on the consumption sample and beneficiary load for second doses throughout the upcoming fortnight, the ministry acknowledged.

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