Several Indian states have been forced to postpone their Covid-19 vaccination plans on Saturday due to provide shortages, authorities stated.
At least seven states or union territories have been impacted by vaccine shortages as confirmed by NCS. These embody the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharasthra and the union territory of Delhi, which incorporates the Indian capital, New Delhi.
India launched its vaccination drive on January 16, first prioritizing heath care and frontline staff, adopted by folks above the age of 60 and people over 45 with present well being situations. The drive was expanded to embody everybody above the age of 18 on Saturday.
India is dealing with an enormous second wave of Covid-19 circumstances, reporting greater than 400,000 in a single day on Saturday.
A complete of 1,648,192 vaccine doses got till 8 p.m., together with 989,700 individuals who got their first dose and 658,492 individuals who obtained a second dose, in accordance to provisional figures within the press launch.
Of these, 84,599 folks between the ages of 18 and 44 obtained their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, in accordance to a press launch issued by India’s Health Ministry on Saturday night time. Fewer younger folks obtained vaccines as a result of some states prioritized second doses and older individuals who hadn’t had their first dose.
As of Saturday night Indian time, a complete of 156,637,825 vaccine doses have been administered since January throughout the nation. A complete of 28,591,381 folks have obtained their second dose, about slightly below 2.2% p.c of the nation’s 1.3 billion inhabitants.