8th May, 2021
The 5 million doses of Covishield being sent to Britain will now be used to vaccinate people between 18 and 44 years of age in India. Official sources have given this information. It is being told that Prakash Kumar Singh, director of the Government and Regulatory Affairs of the Serum Institute, had written a letter to the Ministry of Health seeking permission in this regard. On this, the central government has decided to allot these doses to 21 states and union territories.
On 23 March the Serum Institute sought permission from the ministry to send 50 million doses to Britain under an agreement with AstraZeneca. It said that this would not allow the ongoing vaccination in India to be affected. Official sources said that these vaccines will be used in India in view of the fast-growing cases in India. The ministry has asked the states to contact the company and buy the vaccine. In view of the state of infection, out of these 50 lakh doses, some states have been allocated three and a half lakh, some one lakh, and others have been allocated 50 thousand doses.
16.71 crore doses of Corona vaccine have been made in the country so far
The Union Health Ministry has said that 16.71 crore doses of anti-corona vaccine have been applied so far in the country. This includes a total of 21.27 lakh doses given in 30 states and union territories on Friday, the 112th day of the vaccination campaign. Of these, 2.96 lakh people in the age group of 18-44 years were given the first dose. The Ministry informed that so far 16 crore 71 lakh 64 thousand doses have been given to the beneficiaries. Among the beneficiaries, 5.46 crore in the age group of 45 to 60 years have been given the first dose and 58.29 lakh have been given the second dose. Whereas, 5.34 crore people above 60 years of age have been given the first and 1.42 crore people have been given the second dose.