After facing severe criticism for the slow pace of vaccination, the Union health ministry on Sunday informed that nearly 12 crore vaccine doses will be available to states and Union Territories in June. It is over 50 per cent more than the number of doses made available in May.
According to the ministry’s data, 7.94 crore doses of the vaccines were available to states for carrying out the vaccination drive. It includes 4.03 crore doses made available by the Centre and 3.90 crore doses procured directly by states. As against this, the Centre will be providing 6.09 crore doses of the vaccines in June, whereas the states will be directly procuring 5.86 crore doses.
Delivery schedule to be provided in advance
The Union government in a statement said that the delivery schedule for the allocation of vaccine doses will be shared with states in advance. “States have been requested to direct the concerned officials to ensure rational and judicious utilization of allocated doses and minimize the vaccine wastage,” it added.
The ministry said that the allocation of the Central quota of the vaccine is made to states depending on their consumption pattern, population and vaccine wastage.
COVID-19 vaccination in India
The vaccination drive in India that began in January is moving at a slower than expected speed. There is a wide gap between the demand and supply of vaccines. People are struggling to get a slot for vaccination.
So far, 21.20 crore doses of the vaccines have been administered in the country, of which 30.35 lakh doses were administered on Saturday. Only 4.44 crore people have been fully vaccinated, which essentially means that they have taken both doses of the vaccines.
Fresh cases of COVID-19 are also on the decline and the country registered over 1.65 lakh cases on Saturday. It is significantly lower than the over 4 lakh cases of the deadly virus reported in a day a few weeks ago. However, deaths remain a cause of concern. Over 3,500 people are dying every day in the country due to COVID-19.
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