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Adar Poonawalla promised 1.5 cr Covishield doses after May 20: Maharashtra Health Minister

Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday revealed that that Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to deliver 1.5 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield after May 20.

Adar Poonawalla, Uddhav Thackeray (Photo Credit: Uddhav Thackeray FB)

Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday revealed that that Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to deliver 1.5 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield after May 20.

The Maharashtra state cabinet met on Wednesday to go over their COVID-19 management plans.

Speaking about the COVID vaccine availability, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, “Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised the Chief Minister to deliver 1.5 crore doses of Covishield to Maharashtra after May 20. We will start the vaccination for the 18-44 years age group after we receive the vaccine.”

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope in Dhule district on April 6 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter handle of Rajesh Tope)

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Maharashtra also temporarily suspending the coronavirus vaccination for the 18-44 years age group due to the unavailability of vaccines, the health minister stated: “Vaccination for 18-44 age group has been suspended for the time being due to shortage of vaccines. All the doses purchased by the state government for the age group will now be diverted for the 45+ category.”

Speaking about the extension of lockdown, Tope said, “At the Cabinet meeting, the health department and other ministers proposed to extend the lockdown for 15 days. The Chief Minister will take a final decision on this matter.”

India’s COVID-19 tally

India reported more than 3,62,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 3,62,727 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning. A significant increase of nearly 12,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 3,48,421 infections on May 12. 

These new COVID-19 cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,37,03,665 in the country as on May 13.

On the recovery side, 3,52,181 discharges were recorded in the last 24 hours, Ministry of health data showed on Thursday morning. The data points that there was a slight decrease in discharges from the previous day. The total number of patients that have been discharged stood at 1,97,34,823 cases in the country on May 13.

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The country also saw a slight increase in active cases from the previous day. From a total of 37,04,099 active cased logged on Wednesday, the country recorded 37,10,525 active cases on the early hours of Thursday.

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