New Delhi [India], March 10 (ANI): The Centre on Thursday said that more than 180.61 crore unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and Union Territories.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, "More than 180.61 crores (1,80,61,57,180) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Govt. of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category."
"More than 16.24 crore (16,24,54,381) balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered," it added.
The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination started on January 16, 2021. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021.
The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of additional vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them COVID-19 vaccines free of cost.
In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Centre will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country to states and UTs. (ANI)