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Punjab seeks another 40 lakh vaccine doses from Indian government

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Chandigarh, July 20 (MNN) Citing a demand for more than 2 lakh coronavirus vaccine doses to ensure second shot for the eligible beneficiaries, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday demanded 40 lakh more doses from the Indian government to inoculate the adult populace.

Claiming that doses supplied to private hospitals were getting wasted as people preferred to go to government hospitals for free inoculation, Health Secretary Hussan Lal said that the state had sought diversion of stocks from private hospitals but had not received any response so far from the Indian government.

The state was expecting 2.46 lakh vaccines to arrive on Tuesday, but the Chief Minister said during a review meeting that vaccine doses remained in short supply, with state running out of Covishield and left with only 3,500 Covaxin doses as of Monday.

Punjab has vaccinated over 90 lakh eligible persons (nearly 37 per cent of eligible population) and has been utilising the stock without any waste, he said.
While the 1st dose has been administered to 75 lakh people, 15 lakh have got the second dose too.

“The Centre needs to arrange for immediate delivery to the state to meet the shortfall and enable inoculation of all those needing the second dose, while continuing with the vaccination of other eligible persons,” said the Chief Minister.

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