NEW DELHI: Around 23.5 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin are expected to be supplied in September for the national Covid vaccination programme, up from around 19 crore provided in August, a top health ministry source said. “We will get around 20 crore doses of Covishield and 3.5 crore doses of Covaxin. Production is increasing and gradually it will rise even more as new vaccines are likely to be approved in coming months,” the source said.
The improved supplies of jabs assume significance as availability of vaccines remains crucial for expansion of coverage. Buoyed by a substantial increase in daily inoculation numbers, India’s total vaccination numbers crossed the 80-crore milestone on Saturday with the latest 10 crore doses administered in just 11 days. On Saturday (till 9:45pm), 84 lakh doses were given.
Increased supplies and intense efforts by the Centre and several state governments have led to a significant rise in the pace of vaccination in the recent weeks. While the government is targeting to cover more than 80% of the adult population above 18 years with at least the first dose by October, it will need consistent supplies to achieve the goal.