Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the country will resume the export of vaccines after the domestic demands are mey.
New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, on Wednesday said that India will cross the landmark 100 crore vaccine doses milestone within some days. Various reports suggested that the government is planning to celebrations to mark the significant achievement.
Speaking to reporters, Mandaviya said that 73 per cent of the country’s eligible population has received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines and over 28 crore additional doses will be produced in the days ahead. About 29 per cent of the eligible population has been administered both doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
“States have now over eight crore doses with them, he said. Of the 28 crore doses to be available this month, up from more than 22-crore in September, nearly 22-crore will be Covishield and six-crore will be Covaxin. Also, nearly 60 lakh DNA jabs will be produced,” Mandaviya said.
97 crore vaccine doses already administered
He further added that 97 crore vaccines have already been administered so far and the 100 core target is likely to be reached next week. Mandaviya said that New Delhi will consider resumption of vaccine exports to other countries after the domestic demands are met. According to the Union Health Ministry, states have over eight crore vaccine doses and complaints of shortage have not been received from any state.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the government is keen on accelerating the vaccination drive before the Assembly elections next year. According to a report in News18, various events will be planned on the day of the achievement and PM Narendra Modi may also address the nation thanking healthcare workers for their historic feat.