March 20, 2023

Around 187 crore Covid vaccine doses might be obtainable in India in 2021, the Centre stated.

New Delhi:

The projected 18-plus inhabitants within the nation is 94 crore and subsequently, the overall requirement of COVID-19 vaccine doses for the beneficiaries on this age group is 188 crore, however the quantity might cut back if sooner or later, single-dose vaccines are accepted and used, the federal government advised Parliament on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a query within the Rajya Sabha on whether or not the current Covid vaccine manufacturing corporations have the capability to provide the required amount, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar stated it’s estimated that round 1.87 billion (187 crore) doses might be obtainable between January and December 2021.

In addition, just a few vaccines underneath improvement may additionally obtain approval and could also be obtainable to be used to inoculate the eligible inhabitants, she added.

In a separate written reply, Ms Pawar stated the value of the Covid vaccines declared by the 2 home producers for procurement by non-public hospitals is Rs 600 for Covishield and Rs 1,200 for Covaxin.

In addition, Rs 948 is the value declared for Sputnik V, which is presently imported within the nation.

The authorities has mounted a most service cost of Rs 150 per dose over and above the value of the vaccines for administration at non-public COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs). However, the vaccines proceed to be offered totally free to all eligible beneficiaries on the authorities CVCs.

The producers are free to repair the value of the vaccines for procurement by non-public hospitals. However, the identical must be declared in a clear method, which has been accomplished by the corporations, the minister stated.

Replying to a different query, Ms Pawar knowledgeable that the Covid vaccines presently obtainable within the nation shouldn’t have VVMs (Vaccine Vial Monitors).

The storage and transportation of the vaccines from the producer to the location of administration is ensured in a temperature-controlled atmosphere at 2-8 levels Celsius.

The VVM is manufactured by a single offshore producer and requires end-point research at varied length to finalise the sort for use on every vaccine.

In view of the worldwide urgency to make use of Covid vaccines upon improvement, the requirement of a really excessive amount of VVMs and the restricted manufacturing capability, the vaccines are getting used with out VVMs the world over, the minister stated.

A sturdy chilly chain community of round 29,000 cold-chain factors, together with insulated or refrigerated vaccine vans, is used to make sure the storage and transport of the vaccines in a temperature-controlled atmosphere. The storage temperature can also be being monitored on a real-time foundation to make sure that the vaccines should not uncovered past the really useful storage temperature, the reply acknowledged.

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