Days after Odisha authorities raised concern over scarcity of Covid-19 vaccine doses within the state, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assured on Saturday that there was no dearth of jabs within the state, as knowledgeable by Union well being minister Harsh Vardhan.
“Spoke to my senior cupboard colleague Dr Harsh Vardhan relating to panic being created by Odisha governemnt relating to availability of COVID19 vaccines in Odisha. He assured me that there isn’t any dearth of availability of doses of Covid vaccines,” mentioned Pradhan.
Taking cognisance of the scenario within the state, Pradhan added, “I’ve been knowledgeable that Odisha has adequate stability of COVID-19 doses and that PM Narendra Modi’s authorities is dedicated to accelerating the biggest vaccination drive. There can be no scarcity of vaccines in Odisha or wherever within the nation.”
Pradhan additionally knowledgeable reporters, “I’ve been briefed that Odisha has been supplied with 34.46 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine thus far, out of which solely round 23 lakh doses have been administered. Odisha may even obtain extra 5.50 lakh doses tomorrow, 28 March.”
The Odisha authorities on Friday requested the Central authorities to produce COVID-19 vaccines for no less than 15 days upfront to the state with a purpose to proceed the uninterrupted inoculation drive.
In a letter to the Union Well being Ministry, State well being secretary PK Mohapatra talked about that different states have been receiving as much as 3 lakh vaccinations every day and urged the Centre to not discriminate between states.
“We’re unable to plan vaccination classes for even 15 days upfront as a result of inadequate vaccine provide to our state, is seen that different states are attaining as much as 3 lakhs vaccinations every day as a result of ample vaccine provide. It’s requested that there shouldn’t be any discrimination between states within the provide of vaccines,” Mohapatra mentioned within the letter.
He additional knowledgeable that Odisha has already administered greater than 20 lakh doses of vaccine to Well being Care Staff, Entrance line Staff and age-appropriate group of residents.
“Maintaining in view the heatwave situations in our state, which can worsen over the approaching months, we’re planning to speed up our vaccination drive in order to vaccinate no less than 2 lakh residents every day and full the goal earlier than the climate turns into extra extreme. Therefore, you might be requested to produce no less than 15 days vaccine requirement upfront to our state for uninterrupted vaccination drive,” the letter learn.
There are at present 1,132 energetic COVID-19 circumstances in Odisha. As many as 3,36,409 recoveries and 1,919 deaths have been reported thus far.