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Health Ministry allays apprehension of deficient vaccine supply


DIMAPUR, JANUARY 13: As India prepares to set in motion one of the largest vaccination drives in the world, the Union Health Ministry has said that there has been no discrimination in the distribution of two Covid-19 vaccines -Covishield and Covaxin – to States and the allocation has been made based on the priority list of healthcare workers.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the ministry informed that full initial procurement of the two Covid-19 vaccines approved by India’s drug regulator has been allocated to States and Union Territories.
“Therefore, there is no question of discrimination against any State in allocation of vaccine doses. This is the initial lot of supply of vaccine doses and would be continuously replenished in the weeks to come. Therefore, any apprehension being expressed on account of deficient supply is totally baseless and unfounded,” read the tweet.
The ministry’s assertion comes in response to a news report in which Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had alleged that Maharashtra had received a lesser number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccines than what was expected to arrive.
Also, the ministry informed that it has advised the States to organize vaccination sessions taking into account 10% reserve/wastage doses and average of 100 vaccinations/session/day.
“Therefore, any undue haste on the parts of States to organize unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day is not advised. The States and UTs have also been advised to increase the number of vaccination session sites that would be operational every day in a progressive manner as the vaccination process stabilizes and moves forward,” it added. (Page News Service)