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Don’t discriminate between states in vaccine supply: Odisha downtown | India News


BHUBANESWAR: The state government wrote to the Center on Friday not to discriminate between states in the supply of Covid vaccines.
In a letter to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra mentioned that while some states were able to vaccinate three lakhs of people per day due to a sufficient supply, Odisha is unable to plan adequately. due to insufficient and erratic supply.
“It is requested that there be no discrimination between states in the supply of vaccines,” wrote Mohapatra.
Noting that heat wave conditions in Odisha will worsen in the coming days when vaccination per day is lower, Mohapatra wrote that the state aims to vaccinate two lakhs of citizens daily before the weather becomes more severe. “You are requested to provide at least 15 days of vaccination requirement in advance to our state for an uninterrupted vaccination campaign,” he wrote.
Odisha has already vaccinated 21.67 lakhs of vaccine doses. These include the first dose given to 17.78 lakh people and the second dose at 3.90 lakh. The state health department’s concern over the vaccine shortage comes on a day when the state received six lakh doses. He had received 3.70 lakh doses of Covishield on Tuesday. So far, the state has received a total of 34.70 lakhs of doses.
Government authorities said that with such availability, they cannot plan the two lakh per day vaccination, which was their goal earlier. This is not the first time the state has signaled a vaccine shortage.
On March 12, the government had requested an early supply of 10 lakh doses of Covishield by March 18. He had sent a reminder to the immunization division of the Union health ministry on March 17, this time asking for 25 lakh doses at the earliest.

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