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States mourn Covid vaccine shortage, Center says problem is not supply, but planning News from India

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NEW DELHI: Even as some states say that vaccine shortages are causing disruptions in the inoculation campaign against Covid-19, the Center maintained that the problem was not so much of supply as it needed better planning by the states.
India administered more than 40 lakh doses of vaccine on Monday and continues to lead globally in terms of daily doses administered with an average of 41.6 lakh injections per day.
“In any state, it may be the case that one district consumes more while in another it consumes less. Our request to state governments is to determine where doses can be reallocated, ”said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
While the government is currently procuring two vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield, for the national Covid-19 immunization program, it is also in talks with Russia’s RDIF development sovereign wealth fund, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (which will import and distribute Sputnik V initially in India) and five other local pharmaceutical firms, which will make the Sputnik V that was approved for restricted use in emergency situations on Monday.
According to the Health Ministry, the Center has supplied around 13.1 million doses of the two vaccines to the states and UT as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Of this, more than 11.4 crore doses have been consumed (including waste) and around 1.6 crore are not used in different states and UT. In addition, there are more than two crore doses of the two vaccines in the supply line, which will be delivered to the states and UT on a staggered basis until the end of April.
“This clearly shows that the problem is a lack of planning, not a shortage of vaccine doses. We have made doses of vaccines available to states from time to time and for larger states we give them a four day supply and on the fourth and fifth day we replenish the supply. For the smaller states, due to logistics and other problems, we supply doses of vaccines for seven or eight days and on the seventh or eighth day their supply is replenished, ”said Bhushan.
The Center also expressed concern about the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, as well as deaths, and called on states to increase testing and monitoring. In almost all high-load states, the rate of testing is not proportional to the growth rate in positive cases, which affects the rate of positivity. In many states, the rate of RT-PCR is also significantly lower.
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat are among the states with a high number of Covid-19 cases and showing an increase. However, officials said a serious situation was emerging across the country.

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