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Covid-19 India Vaccine Update: Centre Debunks Vaccine Shortage Allegations

India has recorded more than 34 Lakh Covid-19 Vaccine jabs in the last 24 hours. With this India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 39 Crore.According to the CoWin portal, a total of 31 crore people have been given the first dose of the vaccine and a total of 7.6 crore people have received their second dose. India has covered almost one-third of its adult population with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the first six months of the public immunisation drive.

Sikkim has emerged as the front-runner among the 38 states and Union Territories in covering the maximum population at 90.53% of eligible beneficiaries across all priority groups of healthcare workers, frontline workers and 18-plus age group. The Union health ministry has said that the slow pace of vaccination by private inoculation centres in some states is a cause of serious concern. It advised the states to review the progress of vaccine procurement by private centres on a daily basis.

Amid reports of vaccine shortage in the country, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya took to Twitter to dispel supply fears and said that the state governments were informed about vaccines a fortnight in advance. Mandaviya debunked allegations of vaccine shortage and said 114.6 million doses were available in June and the supply has been enhanced to 135 million in the month of July.

A new study has revealed that a single dose of the Sputnik V vaccine may be enough to elicit strong antibody response against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in already infected people. Studies have found that two doses of Sputnik V, a vector vaccine produced using a combination of two adenoviruses, results in 92 per cent efficacy against COVID-19 infection.

On 13 July, US President Joe Biden had announced a donation of 80 million doses from Biden administration’s domestic stockpile with countries around the world, including India. However, they have not been sent to India as the necessary legal clearance by the Indian government for such an emergency import is yet to be given.

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