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Covid Vaccine Waste Will Negatively Affect Center Kitten Stock Allocation to States Starting May 1 | India News

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NEW DELHI: Wasted anti-Covid injections will be a criterion negatively impacting the Center’s kitty stock allocation to states and UT beginning May 1. The measure aims to encourage better use of vaccines, as demand will need to be managed more carefully. once 50% of the vaccine production in India is available to state and private hospitals as of May 1.
At present, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan are among the big states with a waste of more than 6%, while Assam has the highest of 9.6% with Manipur registering 8.4%. Others like Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also have more than 5% vaccine waste, official data shows. Among the best performing states are Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Mizoram and Goa with zero waste.

Covid Vaccine Waste Will Negatively Affect Center Kitten Stock Allocation to States Starting May 1 | India News

Under the new policy, vaccine manufacturers would provide 50% of their monthly doses to the Center and would be free to supply the remaining doses to state governments and on the open market at a preset price. The Center, for its part, will assign vaccines to the states and UTs based on the extension and curve of the infection (number of active Covid cases) and performance (speed of administration). Apart from these, vaccine waste will also be weighed, the government said.

Since the supply of vaccines will be limited, at least initially, states would need maximum stocks, through their own procurement and the Center, to meet their needs. With more than 30 lakh of vaccine doses administered as of 8pm on Thursday, India has administered a total of more than 13.53 crore doses so far.

Times of India

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