India's vaccination drive unlikely to pick up in July

Even as the Modi government has informed the Supreme Court that it is going to increase COVID vaccine supply for July, government data suggest it may fall short of its daily vaccination targets

Jun 29, 2021
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Even as the Modi government has informed the Supreme Court that it is going to increase COVID vaccine supply for July, government data suggest it may fall short of its daily vaccination targets.

A total of 120 million  (100 million) vaccine doses have been assigned to states and Union Territories for July, the government told the Supreme Court in an affidavit on Saturday.

These include 10 crore doses of Serum Institute of India's Covishield and two crore (20 million) doses of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

This shows that less than 40 lakh (4 million) doses are administered every day, which is significantly lower than the claimed target of about 1 crore (10 million) doses, IBNS said.

The government's statement, therefore, raises questions on its target on meeting vaccine needs in order to avoid the third wave of Covid.

In a presentation last month, India's Health Ministry had stated that over 216 crore (2.16 billion) doses would be available in the country by the yearend.

Meanwhile, India registered less than 40,000 fresh COVID-19 cases for the first time after 102 days, as per data released by Ministry of Health on Tuesday,

In the past 24 hours, 37,566 new cases and 907 deaths were recorded.

The Recovery Rate has increased to 96.87%; weekly Positivity Rate remains below 5%, currently at 2.74%.

Daily positivity rate at 2.12%, less than 5% for 22 consecutive days, IBNS said.