UP, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand to see 100% vaccination coverage: Exclusive

India is expected to achieve the 100-crore vaccination mark by the first week of October (Image for representation: PTI)

The poll-bound states — Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand — will see 100 per cent vaccination coverage, sources in the government said on Friday.

Sources also said India is expected to achieve the 100-crore vaccination mark by the first week of October and that around 2.5 crore doses are likely to be administered by the end of the day [Friday evening].

“The Centre is capable of supplying as many vaccines as the states need and in real-time without delay,” the source said.

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India’s vaccination plan will also prioritise vaccination in border areas of Kerala and Karnataka — given the situation in terms of the high burden of cases in those areas.

The government said 7.60 crore doses were available with the states as of Thursday evening.

By the end of this month, 1 crore doses of the Zydus Cadila Covid-19 vaccine will be ready to be rolled out, the source said. Zydus Cadila’s ZYCoV-D, the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid-19, can be administered to children between the age of 12 and 18 years.

Whether or whether not to administer ZYCoV-D vaccine to children will be decided by the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI), the source said.

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The government is also expecting to receive 20 crore doses of Covishield from the Serum Institute of India (SII) this month. Last month alone, the SII provided 19 crore doses of Covishield

As many as 3.5 crore doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech is also expected.

Sources further said approvals to Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines have been given. But, sources say, given that they have raised different demands during each conversation the government has had with them, the deal is not coming through. Added to this is the controversial indemnity clause which India does not want to agree to.

Indemnity means security against a loss or other financial stress. In legal terms, it means a contractual obligation of one party to compensate another party due to the acts of the former. The clause is commonly used in insurance contracts.

Sources in the government said states are not saying anything conclusive on oxygen deaths. “States have not responded definitively,” the source said.

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India administers over 1.5 crore Covid vaccines in a day

India administered 1.5 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses on Friday till 3.30 pm, setting a new record on PM Narendra Modi’s birthday. This is the fourth time that one crore doses have been administered in a single day.

As of Friday morning, India had administered a total of over 77 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

On August 31, India administered over 1.30 crore doses, the highest single-day vaccinations so far. India achieved the one-crore doses milestone for the first time on August 27 this year.

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