New Delhi: The central government today said it has provided over 24 crore COVID vaccines to the States and Union territories, so far, as part of the nationwide vaccination drive.
More than 1.93 crore COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.
Government of India has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 24 crore vaccine doses (24,21,29,250) to States/UTs, it said.
Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 22,27,33,963 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost.
In addition, the Govt. of India has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the States/UTs. Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of Government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour.
Implementation of the Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1st May 2021, the statement read.
Under the Strategy, in every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by Govt. of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the State Govts totally free of cost as was being done earlier.