Over 2.74 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states , union territories (UTs) and private hospitals to be administered and additional 18.16 lakh doses are in the pipeline, the Health Ministry said on Saturday (17 July).
In a statement, the ministry said that the Centre has so far provided, through all sources, more than 41.69 crore (41,69,24,550) COVID-19 vaccine doses to states and UTs.
"Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 38,94,87,442 doses (as per data available at 8 am today)," the Health Ministry said.
More than 2.74 crore (2,74,37,108) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and private hospitals to be administered, it added.
Furthermore, over 18.16 lakh (18,16,140) COVID-19 vaccine doses are in the pipeline, the ministry said.
According to the ministry, under the new phase of the universalisation of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, implementation of which started from 21 June, every month 75 per cent of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by the Centre and will be supplied free of cost to states and UTs.
The ministry further said that the government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.
"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," the ministry said.