Rajasthan encounters vaccine deficit, Govt says it is monitoring supply

Reacting to an SOS by the Rajasthan government about the limited availability of vaccine shots, the Centre on Tuesday (March 9) said “there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine with the state at present”.

Rajasthan has sought the immediate supply of 60 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the Centre as the state’s stock will run out by Wednesday, health minister Raghu Sharma said on Tuesday. In view of the short supply, the state slowed down the pace of vaccination on Tuesday, giving the jab only to those who were due for their second dose.

The union health ministry on Tuesday stated that there is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in Rajasthan, a few hours after the state health minister said the state was facing a vaccine shortfall. Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma said the state’s stock would run out by Wednesday and the state government has asked the centre for an immediate supply of 60 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines

The state is also witnessing a rise in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks. On Monday, 179 Covid-19 cases were reported in the state, taking the total number to 3,21,711. The total number of deaths recorded is 2789 and the number of active cases stands at 1883. Speaking to media persons outside the assembly, Sharma said Rajasthan has been administering 2.5 lakh doses of vaccines per day and is left with 5.85 lakh doses.

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