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Maharashtra receives only 36,000 doses of Covaxin

However, the state also received 7.03 lakh doses of Covishield that could help sustain the drive for just three more days.

Maharashtra receives only 36,000 doses of Covaxin
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On Sunday, May 9, Maharashtra received a meagre 36,000 doses of Covaxin despite the health department writing to the Centre that around 5.5 lakh people are awaiting their second dose.

However, the state also received 7.03 lakh doses of Covishield that could help sustain the drive for just three more days. Moreover, according to reports, on Sunday, the vaccination turnout in Mumbai dropped by 67 per cent due to a shortage of doses.

In addition, for those in the 18-44 age group, Maharashtra received the second consignment of 3.5 lakh Covishield doses that it had procured from Serum Institute of India (SII). SII had supplied three lakh doses in order to the drive on May 1 whereas Bharat Biotech had given 4.79 lakh Covaxin doses.

On the other hand, earlier the civic bodies in Mumbai had to halt COVID-19 vaccination for the 45-plus age group and health and frontline workers as there has been no supply of the vaccine for some time now. Moreover, at the state level, too, the stocks are depleted, said a senior official of the public health department. However, at such a time, the Maharashtra government has begun the next phase of inoculation from May 1, where all between 18-44 years of age can get vaccinated.

The vaccination drive in the state had gathered momentum in the second fortnight of April, with an average of three lakh people being vaccinated in a day.

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