With a vaccine waste rate of 3%, 85,64,908 people have been vaccinated in the state so far. As of Wednesday morning, the state stock had 14 lakh doses that would last for 3 more days as the state, on average, is vaccinating 4 lakh people per day.
Demand for 40 lakh vaccine doses per week in Maharashtra
To cope with the increasing demand, the state is demanding 40 lakh vaccine doses per week. Maharashtra has also questioned the slow pace of distribution with the central government. Not only this, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also made a similar demand earlier. He wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked to apply 1.5 million additional vaccines to speed up the vaccination process, seeing the increase of cases of Kovid in the state. According to the city’s mayor Kishori Pednekar, the stock in Mumbai city has only one day of vaccine. He said that there was a dose of 1.76 kovsheild in Mumbai yesterday, which will end today. Andhra Pradesh is asking for a dose of 10 million vaccines immediately. According to a media report, at present the state has a stock of only 3.7 lakh doses. Already, there is no vaccine in Nellore and West Godavari districts. Odisha’s Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) PK Mohapatra has written a letter to the Center demanding an additional 15 to 20 lakh doses of the Kovishil vaccine as the current stock is expected to be exhausted in the next three days. Telangana also says that it has only three days of vaccine left and according to state Health Minister Etala Rajendra, has demanded more vaccines from the Center.
However, this is not the first time the Center has assured that the country has sufficient stock of Coronavirus vaccine. On Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said the same by tweeting. Last month, reacting to the lack of vaccine in Rajasthan, the ministry said that the Center had given 37.61 lakh doses of vaccine to Rajasthan, but the state was able to use only 24.28 lakh doses for vaccination.
Maharashtra government claims ‘rubbish’
At the same time, the Union Health Minister termed the Maharashtra government’s claim of vaccine deficiency as rubbish and said that the ‘careless’ attitude of the state has undermined the efforts of the entire country in the fight against this virus. He said, ‘Maharashtra’s inability to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. Spreading panic among people is to worsen the situation. Vaccines are being supplied in a fixed time frame according to the demand and the state government is being regularly informed about this. Accusations of vaccine deficiency are completely baseless. ”
The Union Minister said that in Maharashtra “the investigation is not proper and it is desirable to do a lot in the direction of identification of the contact as well”. He said that the statements made by the public representatives in the state about the lack of vaccines are nothing but an attempt to divert attention from their repeated failure to control the epidemic.
On the leaders’ demand to open vaccination for all people above the age of eighteen years, he said that the primary goal of vaccination is to reduce the death ratio among the most at-risk people and to make the society capable of defeating the epidemic. He said, “As long as the supply of vaccines is limited, there is no other option but to prioritize.”
Maharashtra and Delhi are demanding removal of the age limit for vaccination. Harsh Vardhan said about Chhattisgarh that such statements are being made continuously, whose intention is to spread misinformation and nervousness about vaccination. He said that to reduce the death rate in Punjab, there is a need to quickly identify such patients who need to be admitted to the hospital. He also said that in a large number of states, there is laxity in following the rules of wearing masks and maintaining distance.