Explained : Why There is No Shortage of COVID-19 Vaccines in India

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The Government of India has today clarified that it provided more than 15 crore vaccine doses (15,65,26,140) to States/UTs Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 14,64,78,983 doses and still there are more than 1 crore doses (1,00,47,157) still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

New Delhi (ABC Live India): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today clarified that there is no shortage of COVID-19 Vaccines in India.

Vaccination is a crucial pillar of the five point strategy of Government of India to fight the pandemic, which includes Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) as the other complementing and equally important containment and management measures. India launched the world’s largest Vaccination Drive on 16th Jan 2021. A Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination will be implemented from 1st May 2021. In its Phase-III, the National Vaccine Strategy aims at liberalised vaccine pricing and scaling up of vaccine coverage. Procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines have been made flexible as part of the Liberalised vaccination Strategy.

The Government of India has so far provided more than 15 crore vaccine doses (15,65,26,140) to States/UTs Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 14,64,78,983 doses.

More than 1 crore doses (1,00,47,157) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

More than 80 Lakh (86,40,000) doses will be received in addition by the States/UTs in the next 3 days.

Recently some media reports quoting some government officials from Maharashtra have pointed out that the vaccines in the State are finished thereby adversely impacting the vaccination drive in the state.

As the clarification issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Maharashtra received 1, 58, 62,470 COVID-19 Vaccines till 27th April 2021, out of this state has consumed 1, 49, 39,410(including wastage of 0.22%) and on 28/04/2021 it still have 9,23,060 doses and clarification report issued today also stated that 3,00,000 doses of COVID  vaccine are in the pipeline for delivery in the next three days.

 The Table Below establishes Total COVID-19 Vaccines received and consumed by states in India:

 Further The Table-B Shows the availability of COVID-19 Vaccines with States on 28/04/2021

                  

Table –C Shows the Wastage of COVID-19 Vaccines by States 

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