NEW DELHI: As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government of India has been supporting the States and Union Territories (UTs) by providing them Covid-19 Vaccines free of cost, in addition to several efforts to ramp up its production and supply.
Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviour.
Implementation of the Liberalized and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has started from 1st May 2021. 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.
The government of India has so far provided more than 20 crore vaccine doses (20,76,10,230) to States/UTs, Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption, calculated based on average up to 16th May 2021, including wastages is 18,71,13,705doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).
More than 2 crore COVID Vaccine doses (2,04,96,525) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.
Furthermore, nearly 3 lakh (2,94,660) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.