Raipur: Amid allegations of lack of corona vaccine doses by some states, the union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has once again maintained that there is no shortage of corona vaccines in the country.
Vardhan chaired a meeting of health ministers of 11 states on Saturday in the view of surge in number of coronavirus cases in the country. He presented data related to available corona vaccines and told about further preparations.
The union health minister said “14.15 crore doses of corona vaccine have been supplied to the states till this morning in the country. Including the wastage, all the states have used doses of about 12.57 crore vaccines. At present, the states have 1.58 crore doses and within the supply there are 1.16 crore doses of vaccine. There is no shortage of vaccine”, he said.
In addition, the central government on Friday has set a target to increase the production of indigenous vaccine 'Covaxin' by ten times to 10 crore doses by September. Simultaneously, instructions have been given to initiate plans to speed up the manufacture of antiviral drug Remdesivir and increase the stock of medical oxygen.
Meanwhile, union health ministry said that 12.25 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in country so far which include over 91.27 Healthcare Workers who have taken the first dose and more than 57 lakh Healthcare workers took the second dose of COVID vaccine.
Besides, there are over 4 crore beneficiaries of over 45 years to 60 years old who have received the first dose while over 10 lakh took the second dose.
The Ministry said, a total of 25.65 lakh vaccine doses were given till 8 pm yesterday on the 92nd day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Over 60,000 COVID Vaccination Centers were operational yesterday.