States Take a Jab at Centre but Data Reveals No Shortage of Covid Vaccines

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Within the thick of a contemporary Covid-19 blowout within the nation, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and many others, have been complaining a couple of scarcity of Covid-19 vaccines. The statistics launched by union well being minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday— and vaccine availability and consumption knowledge in lots of states that isn’t but within the public area— nonetheless, reveals the issue might lie within the administration of the inoculation course of moderately than the supply of doses, as he has identified.

Curiously, all of the complaining states have non-BJP, non-NDA governments.

This was even talked about by the well being minister when he tweeted on the matter: “Hue and cry by sure states about partisanship by the Union Authorities is only a farce, an try to cover their very own incompetence. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are two of the highest three states based mostly on allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses and each are non-BJP ruled states.”

In response to Dr Harsh Vardhan, the nation’s common vaccine distribution is 37,11,856 doses. Among the many prime three states receiving vaccine doses, Maharashtra has obtained 1,06,19,190, Gujarat 1,05,19,330 and Rajasthan 1,04,95,860.

In one other tweet, he tried to carry extra readability to the problem. As of Thursday, India had distributed 13.5 crore vaccine doses out of which 9.1 crore had been administered whereas 2.Four crore doses had been in inventory. Additionally, as India is conducting the world’s largest inoculation drive, vaccine logistics and provide must be a constant course of and 1.9 crore vaccine doses are within the pipeline or to be delivered quickly.

“4.three crore vaccine doses in inventory/nearing supply to the states,” the minister mentioned within the tweet.

Dr Harsh Vardhan added that there isn’t any query of scarcity and the central authorities is repeatedly monitoring and enhancing provide.

The info that CNN-Information18 tried to gather from totally different states on vaccine provide and consumption solely confirms this.

Newest knowledge of vaccine provide and consumption in numerous states (as of April 8):

Maharashtra

  • Doses issued – 1.06 crore
  • Doses consumed – 90.53 lakh

Punjab

  • Doses issued – 22.37 lakh
  • Doses consumed – 14.95 lakh

Telangana

  • Doses issued – 25 lakh
  • Doses consumed – 17.5 lakh

Andhra Pradesh

  • Doses issued – 38.Four lakh
  • Doses consumed -35.Four lakh

Tamil Nadu

  • Doses issued – 54.86 lakh
  • Doses consumed – 33.35 lakh

Karnataka

  • Doses issued – 71.61 lakh
  • Doses consumed – 50.17 lakh

Bihar

  • Doses issued – 46.56 lakh
  • Doses consumed – 42.38 lakh

Low vaccination ranges of healthcare and frontline staff within the states solely help Dr Harsh Vardhan’s assertion. Although the minister’s assertion was in response to many states demanding the opening up of the vaccination train for all age teams, the low degree of inoculation means that the drive isn’t being correctly managed.

After Dr Harsh Vardhan’s assertion, Delhi responded, saying its hospitals vaccinated extra among the many vaccine-priority teams, at 75%, shifting the blame to the Centre as central hospitals may vaccinate simply 30%. It added that there isn’t any vaccine scarcity right here: “The vaccination drive goes nicely in Delhi. Now we have obtained some vials yesterday. The vaccination inventory is obtainable for 4-5 days with us. We will likely be receiving it repeatedly as per our demand.”

The assertion by the Delhi authorities displays the technique put in place by the Centre on vaccine manufacturing, logistics and the provision course of. Dr Harsh Vardhan mentioned on Wednesday that “the Authorities of India has been continuously and transparently updating all of the State governments concerning the demand-supply dynamics and the resultant vaccination technique that has been adopted”, including that the apply was taken up after due session with all of the state governments.

That is one thing that displays within the response of the Delhi authorities, that “we will likely be receiving the vaccine inventory repeatedly as per our demand”.

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