Centre provides over 52 Crore vaccine doses to States, Delta Plus detected in 86 samples
More than 52.56 crore (52,56,35,710) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 48,43,100 doses are in the pipeline, Union Health Ministry said today. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 51,09,58,562 doses. More than 2.07 Cr (2,07,55,852) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered, it said.
The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.
Meanwhile, India reported today 28,204 new Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours, the lowest since March 16, according to the ministry's data. India's overall case load touched 32 million. Overall deaths in the country increased by 373 overnight, pushing the tally to 428,682.
According to the Ministry, Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in 86 samples in India, including 34 in Maharashtra.
The Government said that 44 districts across 11 states and union territories reporting weekly positivity rate of more than 10% and Kerala reported 51.51 per cent of total COVID-19 cases recorded in India in past seven days. 37 districts across 9 states, including Kerala and Tamil Nadu, showing rising trend in daily COVID-19 cases over last two weeks. According to Delhi Government’s Health bulletin, the nation capital recorded 52 fresh Covid cases and one new fatality. Delhi’s positivity rate remains below 1% at 0.08%: