State fails to start vaccination drive for people above 18 years

Written By: / Monday, 03 May 2021 18:02

IT Desk
Imphal, May 03:

Even as many states across India including the state of Manipur fail to start the mass vaccination of people who are above 18 years of age from May 1 due to non-availability of vaccines. A report appearing in the All India Radio said that Centre has provided over 16 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to states, UTs as of today.
The report said that of the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 15 crore 79 lakh. The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry have said that more than 75 lakh vaccines doses are still available with the States and Union Territories. 
The Ministry has assured that more than 59 lakh 70 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days.
The Health Ministry has said, vaccination is a crucial pillar in the fight against the coronavirus and the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination has already started in the country. The Ministry has informed that the highest numbers of over 14 lakh 25 thousand vaccine doses are available in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar wherein eight lakh 69 thousand doses are left to be administered to the beneficiaries.
However, for those who have registered through the COWIN to get vaccination which was announced on May 1, people in the state could not start vaccination due to the unavailability of the vaccine in the state. The Shija Hospital and Research center have also stopped vaccination today after there was no stock of vaccine in the hospital.
According to source from the State Health department, private hospitals have been directed to procure the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India. However, a source from the private hospitals based in Imphal said that when they contacted the Serum institute to procure the vaccine they were told to get it from their respective state government. Nothing has been clear as of now and the vaccination may delay in the state as there is no way that any private hospital can procure the vaccine without a prior deposit before 7 days, a source said.
It may be mention that the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, Mr. Adar Poonwalla, had gone to the United Kingdom following threats and pressure from various Chief Ministers and powerful Indian Corporate figures. Due to this there are various problems and challenges faced by the Institute in producing and supply of the vaccine to private parties, However, as reported by Telegraph, the CEO is all set to return to India to continue his service in a few days. A source said that after his return the problem of vaccine shortage may be sorted out soon.
Still, people above the age of 18, as well as those above 45, are unlikely to get vaccine in the coming seven days. 

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