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        >> Continued from previous page...                                                                            equally effective even today,”
        government and ensure that the                                                                                he said.
        required doses are made avail-                                                                                    India had started COVID-19
        able in the State and administer                                                                              vaccination drive on January 16
        smooth conduct of vaccination                                                                                 with two vaccines -- Covishield
        drive.                                                                                                        (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s         vac-
            The     Rajasthan     govern-                                                                             cine manufactured by Serum
        ment too has written to the                                                                                   Institute of India) and Covaxin
        Centre about the shortage of                                                                                  (manufactured by Bharat Bio-
        COVID-19  vaccines  and  has                                                                                  tech Limited).
        sought 30 lakh doses to contin-                                                                                   India commenced its second
        ue with the  inoculation drive.                                                                               phase of the COVID-19 vacci-
        In a letter to Prime Minister                                                                                 nation drive to inoculate people
        Narendra Modi, Rajasthan                                                                                      above 60 years and those over
        Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot                                                                                   45 with comorbidities against
        has said: “The present stock of                                                                               the coronavirus from March 1.
        vaccines  in  Rajasthan  will  fin-                                                                               The third phase began on
        ish in the next two days.” Many                                                                               April 1 for all above 45 years of age.
        state governments have recently                                                                                   As over 35 lakh COVID-19
        complained of vaccine shortage                                                                                vaccine  doses  were  adminis-
        to the Union government and                                                                                   tered till 8 pm on Thursday,
        have asked it to send more vac-                                                                               informed  the  Union  Health
        cines to keep up the vaccination                                                                              Ministry today, adding that the
        drive.                                                                                                        country’s cumulative count of
            Also, Odisha Chief  Min-                                                                                  vaccine doses administered has
        ister Naveen Patnaik has said                                                                                 reached 9,40,96,689.
        that the state has requested the                                                                                  According to the Union
        Centre to ensure at least 10 days                                                                             Health Ministry, as many as
        stock of COVID-19 vaccines.                                                                                   1,26,789 new cases were regis-
        Patnaik took part in the meeting  A medic injects COVID-19 vaccine to an elderly person at Gangamma Tem- tered across India in the last 24
        on COVID-19 situation which             ple premises, Padmanabha Nagar area in Bengaluru on Friday. (ANI)     hours.
        was chaired by Prime Minister                                                                                     Ten  states  including  Ma-
        Narendra Modi. The meeting  Friday that the information on  to improve the maximum man- harashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kar-
        was held through video confer- vaccine shortage is not right. All  ufacturing facility of the vaccine.  nataka,  Uttar Pradesh, Delhi,
        encing. The Chief Minister said  states are being provided with  Meanwhile, the development of  Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,
        the state is vaccinating 2.5 lakh  an adequate number of vaccine  new vaccines is also underway,  Gujarat, Kerala and Pun-
        persons every day and has the  doses. “The information on vac- he added.                                      jab have shown a rise in the
        capability to increase it further.   cine shortage is not right. All         Modi also appealed to the  COVID-19 daily new cases.
            But a day after Maharash- states are being provided with  youth  of  the  country  to  help                   Now, questions are being
        tra Health Minister Rajesh  an adequate number of vaccine  people above 45 to get vaccinat- raised about India’s vaccine
        Tope said the state is facing a  doses,” Shah said told reporters  ed. “Our emphasis should now  diplomacy as the country sent
        COVID-19 vaccine crunch and  in Kolkata.                                 be on ‘test, track, treat, covid ap- millions of doses to other coun-
        demanded 40 lakh doses every            Meanwhile, Prime Minis- propriate behaviour and covid  tries. Union Health Minister
        week from the Centre, Mumbai  ter Narendra Modi on Thurs- management.”                                        Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday
        Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Fri- day said that a major  part of                “We have crossed the mark  informed that the country has,
        day said Prime Minister Naren- COVID-19 management is to  of vaccinating 40 lakh people in  so far, exported 6.45 crores
        dra Modi is serious and proac- prevent  vaccine  wastage  and  one day,” PM Modi said  add- COVID-19 vaccine doses to as
        tive about the state’s issues and  appealed to the youth of the  ing that the criteria set by the  many as 84 countries.
        accuses people under PM of not  country to help people above  world’s most developed nations                      Out of these doses, 1.05
        taking this issue with same seri- 45 to get vaccinated. Speaking  are no different to the ones set  crores have been given as grants
        ousness.                             with the chief ministers during  by India. He said that there is  to 44 countries, while 3.58
            Maharashtra is among the  a  meeting to  review the ongo- a need to impose micro-con- crores jabs to 25 countries have
        ten states that have shown a rise  ing COVID-19 situation, PM  tainment zones in areas where  been given under commercial
        in the COVID daily new cases,  Modi said, “We need to prior- Covid-19 cases are rising. He  contracts and 1.82 crores to
        said the Union Health Minis- itise what is available with us;  further said that India has in the  39 countries through World
        try on Friday. Maharashtra has  we can’t put all vaccines at one  past successfully brought down  Health Organisation (WHO)’s
        reported the highest daily new  state because we need to man- the peak of Covid-19 cases and  COVAX facility. He was speak-
        cases at 56,286, it said.            age the whole nation. A major  it can be done again.                     ing at the 24th meeting of the
            But the Centre has, how- part of COVID-19 manage-                        “The last time, we had  high-level Group of Ministers
        ever, refuted the claim of the  ment is also to prevent vaccine  brought active COVID cases  (GoM) on COVID-19.
        vaccine shortage. Union Home  wastage.” The Prime Minister  from 10 lakh to 1.25 lakh. The                        Now, the country is un-
        Minister Amit Shah said on  said the efforts are being made  strategy that made it possible is                   Continued on next page... >>

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