India targets to procure 20-25 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses by July-end amid attempts to ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country further, the Indian government said on Sunday, and 30 crore doses in August-September, news agency ANI reported citing government sources.
India Aims 25 Crore Covid-19 Vaccine Doses
Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) will provide 10-12 crore doses of Covishield Covid-19 vaccine to Govt next month (June), the sources added. To be sure, Serum had earlier today informed the government that it will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of Covishield in June, official sources said on Sunday amid complaint by states about the shortage of anti-coronavirus vaccine jabs.
In a recent letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, SII said its employees have been working round the clock in spite of various challenges because of the pandemic. “We are pleased to inform that in the month of June we will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of our Covishield Covid-19 vaccine to the country as compared to our production capacity of 6.5 crore doses in May,” Prakash Kumar Singh, the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, said in the letter.
In early May, SII had communicated to the Centre that production of Covishield would be ramped up to 6.5 crore in June, seven crore in July and 10 crore each in August and September. India is currently using made-in-India vaccines — Covishield manufactured by SII and Covaxin of Bharat Biotech — in its COVID-19 immunisation programme.
The Russian Sputnik V is the third vaccine to get approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use and is being used in a few private hospitals. Meanwhile, India recorded a single-day rise of 1,65,553 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 46 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 2,78,94,800, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The daily positivity declined to 8.02 per cent, remaining below the 10 per cent-mark for the sixth consecutive day, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 per cent, it said. The death toll due to the disease climbed to 3,25,972 in the country with 3,460 fatalities being recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.