Centre on COVID vaccine; says states & UTs have 75L doses available

The third phase of the COVID vaccination drive began on May 1st and the Central govt provided 16.69 Cr vaccines to the states and Union Territories free of cost to be administered in the third phase. However, it has now come to light that as many as 75 lakh vaccines are available with states and Union Territories to be administered to the people. In the third phase of the vaccination drive, the private hospitals have been given the autonomy to procure the vaccine doses. It is also being reported that the people who have received their first dose are seeing a delay in receiving the second dose of vaccine.