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As vaccine shortages grow, daily injections drop more than 35% to 980 per million adults: Report | India News


MUMBAI: As vaccine mismanagement and resulting shortages continue, daily vaccinations have dropped to 980 per million people as of May 23, down from 1,455 per million a week earlier and up from the global average of 3,564 per million, according to a report. .
The only saving grace is the continued decline in the number of pandemic cases, which has been trending down for the second week in a row, as daily cases decreased by 22% sequentially in the week ending May 23, which is faster than the 15% drop in the week before, Crisil said in the report.
This means that infections may have crossed the peak on May 6, when the country had reported 4.14 lakh of cases. Daily new cases now average 2.5 lakh, down from 3.3 lakh in the week ending May 16.
More significantly, as of Tuesday, the number of daily cases has fallen below the 2 lakh mark, as there were only 1.96,427 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours.
As vaccine availability remains a national bottleneck, the rate of vaccination has dropped dramatically and, as of May 23, daily vaccinations have dropped to a low of 980 per million people from 1,455 per million a week. before, by more than 35 percent. . The world average is 3,564 per million, according to the report.
Although Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi have vaccinated the largest proportion of their population among the respective groups, the rate of vaccination has slowed further in May in these states.
Vaccination will slow down even more as the availability of the vaccine will take time.
As of Tuesday, the total count of pandemic cases rose to 2,69,48,874, while the death toll rose to 3.07,231.
The infection crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It went from 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the 1 crore mark on December 19, 2020. The country crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4, 2021, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health.
According to Crisil, although daily cases declined, tests continued to rise as they rose 11 percent last week, reducing the test positivity rate to 13.1 percent from 18.8 percent for the past week. last week. Additionally, the recovery rate improved to 88.7 percent on May 23 from 84.8 percent the previous week.
Taking the decline in new infections, the positivity rate, and active cases together, along with the improving recovery rate, the country may have crossed the peak of the second wave on May 6, according to the report.
However, states like Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Assam are still under heavy viral control, on the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan have seen the steepest drops, he added.
The economic impact of the second wave in the states will be determined by the number of cases, the nature of the blockages, the structural composition of production (in all sectors / regions) and above the rate of vaccination, according to the report, adding the states with the greatest dependence on services. and the slower rate of vaccination will continue to be more vulnerable.

Times of India