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BIG STORY                                                                    APRIL 09, 2021  |    The Indian Eye                          4

           covid-19: surging wave


              vaccine crisis

           india now has the highest number of daily cases in the world. The death rate is climbing

           too. But the vaccine supply is faltering, leading to a tussle between some states and the

                      center. How is the Modi government planning to tackle this huge problem?

        Our Bureau
        New Delhi/Mumbai

            ndia has a vaccine crisis. It
            is huge and growing by the
        Iday, if not hour. The coun-
        try has been witnessing a mas-
        sive surge in COVID-19 cases in
        recent days and registered more
        than 1.3 lakh new infections on
            Amid surging COVID-19
        infections, Shiv Sena MP Rahul
        Ramesh Shewale on Thursday
        wrote to Union Health Minister
        Dr Harsh Vardhan requesting
        him to give instruction to con-
        cerned authorities to increase
        vaccine doses for Maharashtra.
        In the letter, Shewale said that
        the state has 14 lakh doses of
        Covishield and Covaxin vac-
        cines left and cities like Pune and
        Panvel had stopped vaccination
        due to this shortage. “Mumbai            Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at AIIMS in New Delhi. (ANI)
        also has an impending crisis as
        there were only 1.76 lakh doses  Madhya          Pradesh,     Gujarat, more COVID-19 vaccine dos-             country over the last few weeks.
        of Covidshield left till Tuesday,”   Haryana, etc, have been given  es after they reported that the               “Only one lakh doses are
        he wrote.                            more vaccines in comparison  state has stock available for only          available for today and the state
            Addressing the Centre’s  with population and COVID-19  two days.                                          has only enough stocks for two
        information that the required  cases, “ he added, saying that                As per a statement, officials    days and there are about one
        doses will be supplied by April  Maharashtra has been given 7.5  informed that only one lakh                  crore people aged  above 45
        15, the Shiv Sena MP said that  lakh dosages only.                       doses were available for the day     years who still need to be vacci-
        it will be too late by then as the      Other states are making a  and the state has enough stocks            nated,” the statement said.
        number of positive cases is in- similar demand.                          for two days, with about one             Responding to this, the Chief
        creasing by around 50,000 per           Andhra Pradesh Chief Min- crore more people aged above                Minister, during a review meet-
        day in the state. “It is also learnt  ister  YS Jagan  Mohan  Reddy  45 years who still need to be vac-       ing  on  COVID-19  vaccination
        that the citing figures from latest  on Thursday instructed officials  cinated. This comes amid the in-       control measures, instructed
        release order of vaccines from  of the state health department  creasing number of COVID-19                   the officials to talk to the central
        centre states like Uttar Pradesh,  to reach out to the Centre for  cases being reported across the               Continued on next page... >>

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