The vaccine is the most effective weapon in the war against the corona virus. The vaccination campaign may have been intensified, but now concerns are also being raised about its stock. Amidst the second wave of the Corona epidemic, many states are facing a shortage of anti-Corona vaccines. These states include Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand. In these states facing vaccine deficiency, one has two days of stock and one has three days of stock. In such a situation, the process of vaccination is also likely to stop. Vaccination work has stopped at many vaccination centers in Maharashtra. However, the central government says that there will be no shortage of vaccine and it has around 43 million in stock.
Vaccine shortage in Maharashtra as well
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday that we have barely nine lakh doses left, which will allow vaccination within one or one and a half days. Tope said the state is being given fewer corona vaccines than some other states, including Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. He said that several vaccination centers in Satara, Sangli and Panvel have been closed due to lack of vaccines. Tope said that Maharashtra needs 40 lakh doses of the vaccine every week. He said that the state received 7.5 lakh doses of the vaccine on Thursday, while 48 lakh doses were given to Uttar Pradesh, 40 lakh to Madhya Pradesh, 30 lakh to Gujarat and 24 lakh to Haryana. Tope said that Maharashtra accounts for 55 per cent of the total under-treatment cases in the country and the vaccine supply should be as per the requirement.
Only two days stock in Jharkhand:
State Health Minister Banna Gupta said that there was only two days of vaccine left in Jharkhand. Gupta said that we have stock for the next 1-2 days, we have requested the Union Home Minister and I hope he will provide us the vaccine. The minister said – about 18,27,800 vaccines have been given as the first dose and 2,78,000 vaccines have been given as the second dose. We have spoken to the Union Health Minister and requested him to provide us about 1 million vaccines for the first dose.
Shortage in Chhattisgarh too:
Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Dev said on Thursday that the state has a stock of vaccines for only three days. However, he said that the Center has assured supply of vaccines.
Vaccine shortage in Bihar as well
Corona vaccine is going to be lacking in Bihar too. It is also being told here that only two days of stock is left. Explain that Bihar consumes an average of 1.7 lakh doses daily, while it has only about 2.6 lakh doses left. In such a situation, vaccination may be affected if the supply is not immediate.
Andhra government needs one crore doses
The Government of Andhra Pradesh will request the Central Government to urgently supply at least one crore doses to meet the shortage of Kovid vaccine. The current stock of vaccines in the state will not last more than two days. Health department officials told Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during a meeting on Thursday that currently there are only three lakh doses of the vaccine in the state while on an average 1.4 lakh people are being vaccinated daily. The state has more than one crore people over 45 years of age who have to be vaccinated. But the lack of vaccines has become a cause for concern. The Chief Minister directed that all these people be vaccinated within a month.
Vaccination in Odisha on the verge of being stalled:
Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said that if he does not get the vaccine within the next two days, then the vaccination campaign in the state has to be stopped. Out of 1400, 700 of our vaccination centers have already closed. The minister said that he hopes to get the vaccine soon. Das has written a letter to the Union Health Minister requesting the state to supply at least 10 days of stock (or 25 lakh doses) for effective vaccination of the target population. Odisha currently has 5.34 lakh doses, while applying 2.5 lakh vaccines daily.
Jharkhand raised the issue of lack of vaccine:
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the state lacked a vaccine to prevent corona infection. Seeking to increase the vaccine ratio, the chief minister said that he would write a letter to the central government. Jharkhand’s Health Minister said that more than 10 lakh vaccines are urgently needed in the state. Second dose is to be given by 10 April, the central government should provide vaccine immediately, otherwise the time for second dose will be over. Then those who are to be given second dose will get vaccinated.