Covid vaccine wastage high, states should ensure that it is brought down: PM Modi

Read in Hindi: कोविड वैक्सीन की बर्बादी अधिक है, राज्यों को यह सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि इसे नीचे लाया जाए: पीएम नरेंद्र मोदी

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the country. Amid complaints of shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in several states and union territories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged officials to ensure that there is no wastage of vaccines, as until recently, the wastage numbers were high.

Modi also held a review meeting on Friday to take stock of the vaccination drive in the country and said the Center is helping vaccine manufacturers to get more production units, funding and supply of raw materials.

The developments come in the backdrop of the Union Health Ministry announcing that the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 22.75 crore on Friday, with 33,57,713 doses administered during the last 24 hours.

Officials on Friday briefed Modi about the current availability of vaccines and the roadmap to increase it. He was also apprised of the efforts being made to help various vaccine manufacturers to accelerate the production of vaccines.

“The Government of India is actively working with vaccine manufacturers advertising, helping them facilitate more production units, funding and supply of raw materials,” the PMO said.

The PMO said that the Prime Minister also took stock of the status of immunization coverage among healthcare workers above 45 and in the age group of 18-44 as well as frontline workers.

The officials also apprised them about the various measures being taken on the technical front to make the process of vaccination more people friendly.

They were apprised about the advance visibility being provided to the states on the availability of the vaccine, the officials said, adding that the states have been asked to provide this information at the district level so that people do not face any inconvenience.

The PMO said Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar besides several top bureaucrats attended the meeting.