The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday said that more than 135 crore (1,35,94,88,700) COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far through free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category, said a press release.
The ministry further informed that more than 22.83 Crore (22,83,05,346) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered, added the press release.
The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021, as per the statement.
The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, according to the statement.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost.
In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs. (ANI)