Coronavirus India update: 80 crore vaccine doses for adults likely by December

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 23, 2021 6:07 pm -- Updated:August 23, 2021 6:17 pm

Coronavirus India update: Covid vaccine production in India is ramped up and the country is likely to get 80 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses for adults between September and December this year, said Prof Narendra Kumar Arora, co-chair of COVAX facility — the international vaccine-sharing initiative, here on Monday.

The government aims at administering one crore doses per day, and its expected coronavirus vaccine availability between August and December is about 135 crore doses. “As the production is ramped up and availability is increased, we are expecting to deliver 20 crore monthly doses in September, 25 crore in October, and 35 crore each in November and December,” says an expert.

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As per reports, vaccine acceptance in India is among the highest in the world. As per the latest coronavirus update, the country has “invested more than Rs 2,000 crore in vaccine production in the past one-and-a-half years, is the largest vaccine producers in the world".

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According to the Union Health Ministry’s latest provisional report, more than 7.95 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in India on August 22, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered so far to 58.25 crore.

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India currently has four vaccines approved for use: Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, Sputnik and Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D. ZyCoV-D, the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid, is the second home-grown shot after Covaxin.

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Meanwhile, India also aims to roll out vaccines for children in the 12-18 age group by September.

-PTC News with inputs from graphics

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