Breaking his silence on vaccine shortage, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said Thursday that the vaccination drive for people aged 18 to 45 is expected to begin only in September, after completing the inoculation of those above the age of 45. Explaining the delay, Jagan said India is currently producing seven crore vaccines per month, but to vaccinate 60 crore beneficiaries between 18-45 age group, the country would require 120 crore dose of vaccines.
“It will take four months to complete the vaccination for people aged 18 to 44, which means they will be vaccinated not before January end next year,” Jagan said while chairing a high-level review meet ahead of the mass vaccination drive on May 1
Jagan further added that the vaccine shortage demand is expected to ease after foreign vaccines get the green signal from the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI).
The Andhra Pradesh government has identified 2.04 crore eligible beneficiaries aged between 18 and 45. It already written to Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, placing an order for 4.08 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines. However, sources within the health department reveal that they have been scrambling to get vaccines.
News Source: News 18