New Delhi: The government has set a target of immunization of every adult citizen of the country by December. But according to the speed at which the vaccination is going on, this target does not seem to be being met. Meanwhile, the onset of the third wave in the world has raised concerns.
Corona vaccination campaign was started for the first time in the country from 16 January. More than 6 months have passed but till now only 400 million doses of the vaccine have been administered. That is why questions are being raised that by December, how will the mission of vaccination of all the people in the country be completed?
According to the Union Health Ministry, till July 16, the central government has given 41 crore 10 lakh vaccine doses to the states and union territories. Out of which 38 crore 39 lakh 2 thousand 614 vaccine doses have been used, including medical wastage. States currently have 2 crore 51 lakh vaccine doses.
Vaccine shortage in many states
There is also a truth that many states have a shortage of vaccines, so they are either stopping vaccination or just applying other doses. The states allege that the central government is responsible for the slow pace of vaccination. Because by following the same path the vaccine reaches their door, although the central government’s argument is different.
VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog, said, “The availability, production and supply of vaccine is identified with the states with the states, planning is done by explaining them. States know that how many vaccines are going to come, which vaccines are going to come, planning should be done on the basis of this. This is not a 100 meter race, it is a long journey and as soon as the vaccine is made, people try to get the vaccine without delay.
Recently, in the affidavit filed by the Union Health Ministry in the Supreme Court, it has been told that by July 31, 516 crore vaccines would have been administered to the people. At the same time, the government will procure 135 crore Kovid vaccine between August and December. This includes 50 crore Covishield, 40 crore Covaccine, 300 crore Bio-E, 100 crore Sputnik-V and 50 crore Zydus Cadila DNA Vaccine. Barring Covaccine and Covishield, the rest of the vaccine is still stuck in a technical glitch.
Zydus Cadila has not yet received emergency use authorization from the Drug Controller General of India. At the same time, the third phase trial of Biological-E from which the government has purchased 30 crore doses in advance is not over. The Sputnik vaccine is still being imported but not in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of India, although it will soon be manufactured in the country.
Moderna’s vaccine has got emergency use authorization, but the vaccine has not yet arrived in India and it is not clear when it will come. The biggest thing is that the process after the vaccine is made is also long. Because the vaccine would be available for vaccination only after the batch was cleared from CDL Lab Kasauli. Therefore, there is a difference between the preparation of a drug and its availability for vaccination.
Looking at the situation so far, it is difficult to say how the entire adult population of India will be vaccinated by December. However, the government is hopeful that after August, the situation will be fine and the target of vaccination will be completed on time.
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