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Over 18.03 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Out there With States, UTs: Centre

Coronavirus: The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination began on January 16, 2021. (File)

New Delhi:

Greater than 18.03 crore balanced and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are nonetheless out there with states and Union Territories (UTs), knowledgeable the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare in its official assertion on Monday.

“More than 188.88 crore (1,88,88,10,015) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category,” mentioned the ministry.

“More than 18.03 crore (18,03,01,726) balance and unutilized COVID-19 Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered,” it added.

The Union Authorities is dedicated to accelerating the tempo and increasing the scope of COVID-19 vaccination all through the nation, mentioned the ministry.

As per the ministry, the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination began on January 16, 2021. The brand new section of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021.

As a part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Authorities of India has been supporting the States and UTs by offering them with COVID Vaccines freed from value.

Within the new section of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Authorities will procure and provide (freed from value) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine producers within the nation to States and UTs.

The vaccination drive has been ramped up by means of the supply of extra vaccines, superior visibility of vaccines out there to the states and UTs for enabling higher planning by them and streamlining the vaccine provide chain.