New Delhi, 02 June. With the raging controversy over alleged flaws in vaccination drive, Narendra Modi led Central government claimed on Wednesday that more than 23 crore vaccine doses have been provided to the states and union territory so far and more than 1.64 crore doses are still available with the states for inoculation which took a beating due to devastating second wave of corona pandemic.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost, a government communication said. In addition, the government has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the States/UTs. Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour.
Opposition parties and a section of influential media outlets who were hitherto clueless to corner Modi or dent his popularity, raged an outcry over the flawed vaccination and inept handling of the pandemic in April and May by the Modi government.
Implementation of the Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1st May 2021. Under the Strategy, in every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by central government. It would continue to make these doses available to the State governments totally free of cost as was being done earlier, the official communication claimed.
Government of India has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 23 crore vaccine doses (23,35,86,960) to States/UTs. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 21,71,44,022 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).
More than 1.64 crore COVID Vaccine doses (1,64,42,938) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.