Over 200 crore Covid vaccine doses to be available in 5 months: Govt amid shortage complaints

As quite a few states within the nation battle to proceed the vaccination drive in opposition to coronavirus, the Centre on Thursday assured residents that 216 crore vaccine doses shall be made accessible within the nation in 5 months.

The Centre stated between August and December this yr two billion doses shall be accessible for Indian residents, “sufficient to vaccinate all the inhabitants,” it added.

“Two billion doses (216 crore) shall be made within the nation in 5 months for India and for individuals of India. The vaccine shall be accessible for all as we transfer ahead,” Niti Ayog Member V Ok Paul stated.

And, by the primary quarter of the following yr, the quantity is prone to be three billion, Paul added.

He estimated that 75 crore doses of Covishield are anticipated between August to December and 55 cores doses of Covaxin in the identical interval.

Based on Paul, Organic E is anticipated to provide 30 crore doses, Zydus Cadila 5 crore doses, Serum Institute of India 20 crore doses of Novavax, and Bharat Biotech 10 crore doses of its nasal vaccine, Gennova will make accessible 6 crore doses, and Sputnik V 15.6 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by this yr.

On Thursday, Paul revealed that the Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India, and “hopefully” it is going to be accessible out there from subsequent week.

He stated the manufacturing of Sputnik is scheduled to start in India by July.

He additional knowledgeable that the Division of Biotechnology, together with different involved departments and the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) has been in contact with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson, and Johnson from the preliminary days of vaccine manufacturing.

“They had been formally requested in the event that they wish to ship doses to or manufacture in India. We’ll discover companions and help. That they had stated that they’re working in their very own manner and they’d speak of vaccine availability within the third quarter of 2021. We’re linked to them. I am hopeful that they are going to step ahead to extend availability in India. We invite them to fabricate right here together with our corporations. Johnson and Johnson did a superb job. They accepted this supply beneath Quad,” Dr Paul stated.

He added that just about 18 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in India.

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