New Delhi: The Narendra Modi authorities on Tuesday knowledgeable the Parliament that just about 188 crore COVID vaccine doses are required to inoculate the 18-plus inhabitants as a part of the continuing mass vaccination drive to fight COVID-19.
The govt. mentioned that the projected 18-plus inhabitants within the nation is 94 crore and due to this fact, the entire requirement of COVID-19 vaccine doses for the beneficiaries on this age group is 188 crore.
Nonetheless, the quantity might scale back if, sooner or later, single-dose vaccines are permitted and used, the federal government instructed Parliament.
In a written reply to a query within the Rajya Sabha on whether or not the current Covid vaccine manufacturing companies have the capability to provide the required amount, Minister of State for Well being Bharati Praveen Pawar mentioned it’s estimated that round 1.87 billion (187 crore) doses will likely be accessible between January and December 2021.
As well as, a couple of vaccines underneath improvement may additionally obtain approval and could also be accessible to be used to inoculate the eligible inhabitants, she added.
In a separate written reply, Pawar mentioned the value of the COVID vaccines declared by the 2 home producers for procurement by non-public hospitals is Rs 600 for Covishield and Rs 1,200 for Covaxin. As well as, Rs 948 is the value declared for Sputnik V, which is presently imported within the nation.
The federal government has fastened a most service cost of Rs 150 per dose over and above the value of the vaccines for administration at non-public COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs). Nonetheless, the vaccines proceed to be offered without cost to all eligible beneficiaries on the authorities CVCs.
The producers are free to repair the value of the vaccines for procurement by non-public hospitals. Nonetheless, the identical must be declared in a clear method, which has been performed by the companies, the minister mentioned.
Replying to a different query, Pawar knowledgeable that the Covid vaccines presently accessible within the nation wouldn’t have VVMs (Vaccine Vial Screens). The storage and transportation of the vaccines from the producer to the positioning of administration is ensured in a temperature-controlled setting at 2-8 levels Celsius.
The VVM is manufactured by a single offshore producer and requires end-point research at numerous period to finalise the sort for use on every vaccine.
In view of the worldwide urgency to make use of Covid vaccines upon improvement, the requirement of a really excessive amount of VVMs and the restricted manufacturing capability, the vaccines are getting used with out VVMs internationally, the minister mentioned.
A strong chilly chain community of round 29,000 cold-chain factors, together with insulated or refrigerated vaccine vans, is used to make sure the storage and transport of the vaccines in a temperature-controlled setting.
The storage temperature can be being monitored on a real-time foundation to make sure that the vaccines will not be uncovered past the beneficial storage temperature, the reply said.