Over 55 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Provided To States, UTs So Far: Union Health Ministry

by Swarajya Staff - Aug 13, 2021 05:46 AM
Over 55 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Provided To States, UTs So Far: Union Health MinistryRepresentative image of Covid-19 vaccine (Pixabay)

The Centre on Friday (12 August) said that over 55 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been supplied to states and union territories since the beginning of the inoculation drive in January this year.

It further added that over 2.82 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, union territories (UTs) and private hospitals to be administered, and further 59.16 lakh more shots are in the pipeline.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said that the Centre has so far provided, through all sources, more than 55.01 crore (55,01,93,040) COVID-19 vaccine doses to states and UTs.

"Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 52,59,93,669 doses (as per data available at 8 am today)," the Health Ministry said.

More than 2.82 crore (2,82,57,130) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and private hospitals to be administered, it added.

Furthermore, over 59.16 lakh (59,16,920) COVID-19 vaccine doses are in the pipeline, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, under the new phase of the universalisation of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, implementation of which started from 21 June, every month 75 per cent of the total vaccine doses being produced by the manufacturers would be procured by the Centre and will be supplied free of cost to states and UTs.

The ministry further said that the government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

"The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain," the ministry said.

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