No shortage in COVID-19 vaccine, 43 million doses in pipeline, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

April 08, 2021 | Updated 7:26 pm

No shortage in COVID-19 vaccine, 43 million doses in pipeline, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Health Minister Harsh Vardhan (Photo Credit: Harsh Vardhan Twitter)

New Delhi: After numerous states complained about shortage in COVID-19 vaccines amidst massive surge in number of coronavirus infections, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assures on Thursday that India has more than 43 million COVID-19 vaccine doses stocked up.

India reported 1,26,789 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The numbers jumped again for April 7, from 1,15,736 new COVID cases on April 6. An increase of more than 11,000 cases, as the country, witnesses the second wave of infection.

With the rapid increase in daily COVID-19 cases in the country, states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand, claimed that they are facing coronavirus vaccine shortage.

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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday demanded for 40 lakh doses every week from the Centre and said: “I have just been informed that the Centre increased COVID-19 vaccine doses from seven lakhs to 17 lakhs. Even this is less because we need 40 lakh vaccine doses a week and 17 lakh doses are not enough”.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta had pointed out the state is currently left with vaccine stock for only the next couple of days. “We have stock for the next 1-2 days. We have made a request to the Union Home Minister and I am hopeful that he will provide us the vaccine,” Gupta said.

Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, similar situation is being reported with the current stock of coronavirus vaccine is expected to last for the next couple of days only.

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Reacting to all this, Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter and said: “Let’s put an end to fear mongering now!”

“Where does question of shortages arise? We’re continuously monitoring & enhancing supply,” he added.


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India has so far administered more than 90 million COVID-19 doses till April 8. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, 9,01,98,673 doses have been given, out of those 29,79,292 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.