The ministry quoted some media studies which alleged vaccine shortage in Maharashtra, stating that such studies are incorrect.
“There have been some media reports alleging vaccine shortage in Maharashtra, further stating that due to lack of vaccine the state government is unable to increase the pace of vaccination. Such reports are ill-informed and incorrect,” the ministry stated.
It additional stated that as per the studies out there until date, Maharashtra has over 24 lakh unutilised doses of Covaxin, including that an extra 6.35 lakh doses have been obtained on Friday.
The ministry stated that as per the weekly consumption information out there on Co-WIN, the typical consumption by Maharashtra for Covaxin to cowl the eligible beneficiaries in the 15-18 age bracket and for the precautionary dose is nearly 2.94 lakh doses per day. Therefore, the state has sufficient vaccine doses for about 10 days to cowl the eligible beneficiaries with Covaxin, the ministry stated.
The state has 1.24 crore unutilised and steadiness Covaxin doses out there as on date. With a mean consumption of three.57 lakh per day, this can maintain for greater than 30 days for the beneficiaries to be vaccinated utilizing the vaccine, as per the ministry.
Earlier on Friday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated that the state is dealing with a shortage of doses to ramp up the vaccination drive.
“We are facing a shortage of Covaxin and Covishield. We have demanded additional 50 lakh Covishield doses and 40 lakh Covaxin doses from the Central government,” stated Tope.
However, the ministry stated that vaccine shortage in Maharashtra does not mirror the proper image of the out there inventory of steadiness and unutilised vaccine doses with the state.