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8,848 black fungus cases in India, states/UTs given 23,680 more drug vials: Minister

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New Delhi, May 22 (MNN) The Indian government said that there were 8,848 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus reported in the country and that as many as 23,680 more vials of Amphotericin- B drug had been allocated to different states and UTs.

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda said that the allocations were made after a detailed review of rising number of such cases.

The leading states include Gujarat with 2,281 cases, which was given 5,800 vials; Maharashtra with 2,000 cases and 5,090 vials; Andhra Pradesh with 910 cases, which was given 2,310 more vials; Rajasthan with 700 cases, which was given 1,780 vials; Karnataka with 500 cases and given 1,270 more vials; Madhya Pradesh with 720 cases and given 1,830 vials, Telangana with 350 cases and given 890 more vials; and Haryana with 250 cases and given 640 more vials.

The government said that it had so far provided 21,33,74,720 coronavirus vaccine doses to states and Union Territories in both free and direct state procurement categories.

The total consumption, calculated on the basis of average up to May 21, including wastage, was 19,73,61,311 doses as per the data available at 8 am on Saturday.

More than 1.60 crore coronavirus vaccine doses (1,60,13,409) were still available with the states/UTs for use.

As many as 2,67,110 vaccine doses would be given to the states/UTs in the next three days.

The Indian government said that the implementation of the liberalized and accelerated Phase-3 strategy for vaccination had started from May 1, under which 50 per cent of total Central Drugs Laboratory-cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by it.

It would continue to make these doses available to the states free of cost, as was done earlier.

The government said it had been supporting the states and UTs in the nationwide vaccination drive by providing them free vaccines and by facilitating direct procurement by the states/UTs.

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