Over than 26.68 crore (26,68,36,620) vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories (UTs) until now, through the Government of India’s free of cost channel through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 25,27,66,396 doses, as per data available at 8 AM today, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
More than 1.40 crore (1,40,70,224) Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. Furthermore, more than 96,490 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and UTs within the next 3 days, MoHFW added.
“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 of India has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the States/UTs. 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,” it said in a press release.
Implementation of the liberalised and accelerated phase-III strategy of Covid-19 vaccination has started from 1 May 2021. Under the strategy, every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by the Government of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the state government totally free of cost as was being done earlier.