than 89 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states
and UTs and over 28 lakh vaccine doses will be received by them within
the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The Centre has so far provided more than 17.15 crore (17,15,42,410)
vaccine doses to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total
consumption including wastages is 16,26,10,905 doses, as per the
official data made available at 8 am. “More than 89 lakh COVID
vaccine doses (89,31,505) are still available with the states and UTs to
be administered. States with negative balance are showing more
consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not
reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to the armed forces,” the
ministry said. Furthermore, more than 28 lakh (28,90,360)
vaccine doses will be received in addition by the states and UTs within
the next three days, it said. The central government is leading
the fight against the COVID19 pandemic in collaboration with the states
and UTs through a Whole of Government approach, the ministry said.
Vaccination forms an integral component of the five-point strategy of
government of India of containment and management of the pandemic
(including Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour), it said.
The ministry said implementation of the Liberalised and Accelerated
Phase 3 Strategy’ of COVID-19 vaccination has started from May 1.
Registration for the new eligible population groups has commenced since
April 28. Potential beneficiaries can either register directly on the
CoWIN portal (HYPERLINK “http://cowin.gov.in”cowin.gov.in) or through
the Aarogya Setu app, it said.