The union government will provide 4,86,180 vaccine doses to the states and union territories (UT) within the next 3 days.
“…More than 4 lakh (4,86,180) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States/UTs within the next 3 days,” the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said, adding: “More than 1.82 crore Covid vaccine doses (1,82,21,403) are still available with the states/UTs to be administered.”
The government, MoHFW said, has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 22.77crore vaccine doses (22,77,62,450) to states and UTs. “Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 20,80,09,397 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).”
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.
Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the union 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-III Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1 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.