The union government has provided more than 24 crore (24,60,80,900) vaccine doses to states and UTs so far, through the former’s free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 23,11,69,251 doses, as per data available at 8 AM today, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
More than 1.49 crore (1,49,11,649) Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered, it added.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the union government has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them with Covid vaccines free of cost. In addition, it has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the states and UTs. Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of Government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour, MoHFW also said.
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 the union government of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the state governments totally free of cost as was being done earlier.