Left with vaccine stocks for just 3-4 days, say 10 states

At a time when Covid cases are rising in the country, about 10 states face dwindling vaccine stocks.

While Maharashtra on Wednesday witnessed the vaccination drive stopping in Gondia district — it was left with just 20 doses — or slowing down in Yavatmal, Akola, Buldhana and Washim, nine other states — Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and West Bengal — have stocks that would last them 3-4 days. This has hit plans to ramp up vaccination.

Many of these states expect doses to arrive soon and have been pushing the Centre for replenishments.


Vaccine stocks fall, states seek more

While Odisha got the intimation that it would receive 3.49 lakh doses of Covishield after April 15, state additional chief secretary (health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra wrote to Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday, seeking immediate supply of 15 lakh to 20 lakh doses of Covishield. With just 6.5 lakh doses left in stock, Odisha can manage to vaccinate people for three more days.

Andhra Pradesh faces a similar predicament. While its next big consignment – 10.8 lakh doses – is expected around April 15, the state can manage to vaccinate people for 3-4 more days.

West Bengal too is uncertain about stocks getting replenished. Following Wednesday’s vaccination, it has about 12 lakh doses left.

UP health minister Jai Pratap Singh said there is no shortage of vaccines. However, the present stock – 12.33 lakh doses – would last about 3-4 days. Punjab’s existing stock of about 5 lakh doses would pull the vaccination drive for about 4 more days. The state has raised a demand of about 15 lakh doses.

The situation is similar in Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.

The shortage has also hit plans to ramp up vaccination in many states. Rajasthan had ramped up its vaccination to 5 lakh a day on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, its plan to vaccinate 7 lakh day has now hit a roadblock. In Tamil Nadu the stock of 18 lakh doses will last about six days.

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