16 cr free COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states: Health Ministry

New Delhi : The Union Government has so far provided nearly 16 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses (15,95,96,140) to states/UTs free of cost, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here on Wednesday.

Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 14,89,76,248 doses.

More than 1 crore COVID vaccine doses (1,06,19,892) are still available with the states/UTs to be administered.

Over 57 lakh (57,70,000) vaccine doses will be received in addition by the states/UTs within the next three days.

There have been some media reports recently quoting some Maharashtra State Government officials pointing out that the vaccines in the state are finished thereby adversely impacting the vaccination drive in the state, the Ministry said in a statement.

It is clarified that the total COVID vaccine doses received by Maharashtra as on April 28 (at 8 am) are 1,58,62,470. Of this, the total consumption including wastage (0.22 per cent) was 1,53,56,151. Balance of 5,06,319 vaccine doses is still available with the state for administration to the eligible population groups, the statement said.

Furthermore, 5,00,000 doses of COVID vaccine are in the pipeline for delivery in the next three days.