The new phase of the COVID vaccination drive is to begin on May 1st and the registration for the same will begin from today. The states have procured 16 Cr vaccine jabs for free by the Central government. The states are expected to get over with 57L jabs in a span of three days. This comes at a time when several of the states have come out and stated that they are probably not ready for the third phase of the vaccination drive from May 1st, given the vaccine shortage in the respective states. The vaccination drive is likely to provide a much-needed boost to the states amidst the rising cases of COVID-19.