Can’t roll out 18+ vaccine drive, say 13 states

New Delhi (TIP): Ahead of the adult Covid inoculation drive which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 1, several states said they did not have the vaccine stocks to roll out the plan even as the Centre acknowledged that any new programme took time to stabilise.

Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal categorically stated that while they had placed orders with the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, the doses were not yet available for May 1 rollout.

More than 2.5 crore people in the 18-44 age group have already registered on CoWIN platform and are awaiting appointments even as India witnessed another high of nearly 4 lakh daily cases.

The inoculation drive started on January 16 with the target of covering 30 crore priority people at the earliest.

The coverage has been much less with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today telling a meeting of the council of ministers that over 15 crore doses had been given. The meeting took note of Covid as “once-in-a-century crisis” that has challenged the world. The PM urged union ministers to stay in touch with people of their respective regions, help them and keep getting their feedback on the situation.                 Source: TNS

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