A number of Indian states had been compelled to postpone their Covid-19 vaccination plans on Saturday as a result of provide shortages, authorities stated.
No less than seven states or union territories had been impacted by vaccine shortages as confirmed by CNN. These embody the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharasthra and the union territory of Delhi, which incorporates the Indian capital, New Delhi.
India launched its vaccination drive on January 16, first prioritizing heath care and frontline employees, adopted by individuals above the age of 60 and people over 45 with current well being circumstances. The drive was expanded to incorporate everybody above the age of 18 on Saturday.
India is dealing with a large second wave of Covid-19 circumstances, reporting greater than 400,000 in a single day on Saturday.
A complete of 1,648,192 vaccine doses got till 8 p.m., together with 989,700 individuals who got their first dose and 658,492 individuals who acquired a second dose, in response to provisional figures within the press launch.
Of these, 84,599 individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 acquired their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, in response to a press launch issued by India’s Well being Ministry on Saturday evening. Fewer younger individuals acquired vaccines as a result of some states prioritized second doses and older individuals who hadn’t had their first dose.
As of Saturday night Indian time, a complete of 156,637,825 vaccine doses have been administered since January throughout the nation. A complete of 28,591,381 individuals have acquired their second dose, about just below 2.2% p.c of the nation’s 1.3 billion inhabitants.