Faced with vaccine shortage, Punjab govt decides to join global COVAX facility : The Tribune India

Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, Might 13

The Punjab authorities on Thursday determined to affix the COVAX facility alliance for world sourcing and procurement of Covid vaccines at one of the best value, changing into the primary state to take such a step amid vaccine scarcity within the nation.

The choice was taken through the Cupboard assembly, which additionally authorized the acquisition of Covaxin for industrial employees, for whose vaccination the trade has expressed willingness to pay.

The state authorities has up to now ordered solely Covishield vaccine for the 18-44 age group, however with this choice, decks have been cleared to position orders for Covaxin too.

Reviewing the vaccination standing and availability within the state, the Cupboard mentioned it was essential to supply vaccine globally.

Because the COVAX facility provides one of the best costs, the state ought to make an try to affix the identical for procuring vaccines from the worldwide markets, it determined.

The suggestion for becoming a member of the COVAX was given to the Cupboard by Dr Gagandeep Kang, who heads the Punjab Skilled Group on Vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccines International Entry, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed toward equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements, and the World Well being Organisation.

In a short presentation, Well being Secretary Hussan Lal knowledgeable the Cupboard that of the 30 lakh Covishield doses ordered by the state authorities, the Serum Institute of India had up to now confirmed 4.29 lakh, of which 1 lakh doses had been acquired.

He additional disclosed that some Central authorities establishments and industrial institutions had been requesting for early vaccination of their workforce.

Given the scarcity of vaccines, he identified that sure states had been floating world tenders to import the identical.

The well being secretary additional apprised the Cupboard that for the 45+ age group, the final tranche of Covishield vaccine (1,63,710 doses) was acquired on Might 9, taking the overall to 42,48,560. As many as 3,45,000 doses got to the armed forces, whereas the overall vaccination utilization stood at 39,03,560.

For Covaxin within the 45+ class, the final tranche of vaccine acquired was of 75,000 doses (6 Might, 2021), taking the overall acquired to 4,09,080, of which utilisation until date was 3,52,080, leaving availability of solely 57,000 now.

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