More than 74.25crores (74,25,94,875) vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories (UT) until now through the Government of India’s free of cost channel as well as direct state procurement category. Further, more than 1.8 crore doses (1,80,83,000) are in the pipeline, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said in a statement. Over 4.62 crore (4,62,75,955) balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, it added.
“The union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of the Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalisation of the Covid-19 vaccination commenced on 21 June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the 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,” MoHFW said.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them the Covid vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the union government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to states and UTs, MoHFW added.