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Thursday, 06 May 2021 6.55 AM IST

Scarcity of vaccines in Thiruvananthapuram; Vaccination drive may get halted

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram region is reeling under scarcity of vaccines. All the existing stocks have been distributed. Health officials have informed that in this condition, the vaccination drive may get halted if the new dispatch of vaccines has not reached the capital city on time. Reports suggest that existing stocks of vaccines will get depleted in other regions of the state also within a few days.

Apart from Kerala, many other states are also facing the crisis of vaccine shortage. At least six states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana – are staring at a coronavirus vaccine shortage as India grapples with the second wave of the pandemic. Most of these states have already apprised the Centre of the situation.

India is currently in its third phase of vaccination, where those above 45 years are eligible to get the shots. Public and private hospitals have administered over eight crore doses, with most of them accounting for the first dose. Three months after it rolled out vaccines, the country hit a grim milestone on Wednesday as it registered 1,15,736 coronavirus cases, the most infections reported in the world in a single day since the pandemic began.

The Centre has refused to open up coronavirus vaccinations for all age groups, saying the aim was to cover people who are most vulnerable at the earliest even as the demand was raised by Delhi and Maharashtra as well as the Indian Medical Association.

In Andhra Pradesh, vaccine stocks will run out by Thursday, state’s commissioner (health and family welfare) Katamneni Bhaskar told The Economic Times. He added that the state has only 3.5 lakh vaccines left in their stock. Telangana’s Health Minister Eatala Rajendra said the state has vaccine stock that will be sufficient for the next three days. Chhattisgarh ran out of stocks and could vaccinate only 20,000-30,000 people on Monday, say reports. Chhattisgarh ran out of stocks and could vaccinate only 20,000-30,000 people on Monday, say sources.

Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India, on Tuesday said that his company’s existing capacity to manufacture coronavirus vaccine Covishield was “very stressed” and it required Rs 3,000 crore to increase production by June. He added that the Serum Institute was prioritising the vaccine needs of India but was still short of being able to supply the doses to every citizen.

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