The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 20 said more than 2.11 crore (2,11,93,241) unutilised COVID-19 vaccines doses are still available with the States, Unioin Territories and private hospitals to be administered. This comes amid reports of vaccine shortages in districts like Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
Besides, 42,15,43,730 vaccine doses have been provided to States, UTs so far, through all sources and a further 71,40,000 doses are in the pipeline, it further said. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 40.02 crore doses.
In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the government will procure and supply freely 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs, it added. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost. The vaccination drive has been accelerated through the availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccines to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, according to the ministry.