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COVID-19: Many Maharashtra districts face vaccine scarcity, inoculation centres being closed


MUMBAI: Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday mentioned the state has 14 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine which might final solely three days, and plenty of inoculation centres have been being closed because of the scarcity of the vaccine.

Speaking to reporters right here, Tope mentioned folks coming to such centres for taking jabs have been being despatched again as there was no provide of vaccine doses.

“Fourteen lakh doses can be found now which might final three days. We want 40 lakh vaccine doses each week. We are able to then administer six lakh doses on daily basis in every week. The doses we’re getting aren’t sufficient,” he mentioned.

Tope mentioned the state authorities was earlier vaccinating 4 lakh folks in a day.

“We accepted the problem from the Centre to expedite the vaccination drive to 6 lakh per day. Now, we have been vaccinating almost 5 lakh folks in a day,” he mentioned.

The minister urged the Centre to present precedence to Maharashtra, for the reason that coronavirus circumstances have been extra within the state and the general loss of life toll was over 50,000.

“Most of these contaminated now are within the age group of 25 to 40 years,” he mentioned.

There’s an pressing want to regulate the viral an infection by growing the immunity degree of individuals and creating antibodies, Tope mentioned.

He additionally urged the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management to tell the states if the current an infection unfold is due to a brand new mutant pressure of the virus.

“If that’s the case, please inform us what’s the course of medicine,” he mentioned.

Earlier within the day, state precept secretary (well being) Pradeep Vyas advised PTI that a number of districts in Maharashtra will run out of the COVID-19 vaccine inventory “at this time or tomorrow” and the Centre has been knowledgeable about it.

Maharashtra can simply administer 5 lakh vaccine doses in a day if there’s a readability on schedule and availability, the official mentioned.

Tope mentioned about 1,200 metric tonne oxygen is being manufactured within the state on daily basis and the day by day consumption is 700 metric tonne, of which 80 per cent is for medical use.

The minister mentioned he has urged the Centre to direct neighbouring states to facilitate oxygen suppply to Maharashtra.

Tope additionally requested all personal medical doctors to not prescribe Remdesivir injections irrationally to hike the payments of COVID-19 sufferers, and that they need to additionally comply with the central authorities’s tips on the usage of the medication.

He mentioned Maharashtra has adopted the ‘3T’ (testing, tracing and remedy) ideas strictly and brought all steps to make sure COVID-appropriate behaviour by imposing prohibitory orders and evening curfew to cease crowding.

Practically 82 lakh folks have been vaccinated up to now in Maharashtra for the reason that roll-out of the inoculation drive.

An official assertion on Tuesday mentioned Maharashtra had acquired 1.06 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, out of which 88 lakh doses have been used whereas the wastage stood at three per cent.

It mentioned the state authorities will vigorously pursue its demand for extra inventory of vaccine doses, contemplating the speedy rise within the COVID-19 circumstances and enlargement of the vaccination drive.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit folks above 25 years to obtain COVID-19 photographs, which he mentioned will shield the younger folks from the speedy unfold of the viral an infection at a time when they’re stepping outdoors their houses to earn a livelihood.

In a letter to the PM, Thackeray additionally demanded that Maharashtra be supplied 1.5 crore extra doses of vaccines, which is able to allow the state authorities to finish inside three weeks the vaccination of beneficiaries above 45 years of age in six districts, together with Mumbai.

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