Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta said today the state is running low on COVID-19 vaccines and is only left in stock for one to two days.
Mr Gupta said: “We have stocks for the next two days. We have made a request to the Union Home Minister and I hope he will provide the vaccines.”
“About 83 lakh people are due to get the first and second dose of the vaccine. That means we will need around 1.60 crore in doses. We are getting it gradually. We have vaccines available with us, but there are had a shortage in some places, so we spoke with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, ”he added.
About 18.27,800 first doses of the vaccine have been administered while 2.78,000 second doses have been administered in the state so far, said Health Minister Jharkhand.
“Had asked the Minister of Health of the Union to immediately make available at least 10 doses of lakh. They should arrive by tomorrow”, he added.
The shortage reports in Jharkhand come after Maharashtra’s Minister of Health Rajesh Tope also said on Wednesday that his state faces a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and requires 40 lakh doses every week from the center.
Reacting to Mr Tope’s claims, the Union Health Minister said on Wednesday he had seen statements made by representatives of the public in Maharashtra on the vaccine shortage and claimed he did not was acting nothing more than “an attempt to distract attention from the Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of the pandemic.”
The minister said that “the nonchalant attitude of the state government has singularly hampered the efforts of the whole country to fight the virus” and that the lack of efforts on the part of the state government “is now clearly visible and comes to haunt us all “.