The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) today said that seven lakh vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and union territories within the next 3 days. It also added that 1,77,67,850 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been “supporting” the states and UTs by providing them Covid Vaccines free of cost. In addition, the government has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the states and UTs, MoHFW said.
Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the Government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour.
Implementation of the Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1st May 2021.
Under the Strategy, in every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by Govt. of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the State Govts totally free of cost as was being done earlier.
“Government of India has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 21.89 crore vaccine doses (21,89,69,250) to states/UTs. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 19,93,39,750 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today),” MoHFW informed.