Highlights:

  • Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya affirmed that India has inoculated 900 million COVID-19 vaccines
  • The government is eyeing to vaccinate every adult individual by December 2021
  • The government emphasized that more than 5.28 crore unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the state and Union territories

On Saturday, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya affirmed that India has inoculated 900 million COVID-19 vaccines as yet through the Centre’s free-of-cost channel and direct state procurement category.

The landmark number and the milestone achievement hold a major significance as the government is eyeing to vaccinate every adult individual by December 2021. The health ministry assured that the Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

The ministry continued that the vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccines to the states and union territories for facilitating better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.

Earlier on Saturday, the government emphasized that more than 5.28 crore unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the state and Union territories. Altogether 88,14,50,515 vaccine doses have been given to the states/UT through the government (free of cost channel) and direct state procurement category, the ministry informed.

On January 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated the first phase of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive through video conferencing. To speed up the rate of vaccination, the government announced the ‘new phase of universalisation’ of COVID-19 vaccination on June 21, 2021.

In accordance with this vaccination drive, the Centre is procuring and supplying free of cost 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to the states and Union territories.

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