More than 126,000 new infections have been recorded in the past 24 hours, prompting several regions to tighten activity restrictions, while Maharashtra, the current epicenter of the new wave of the epidemic and home to the megalopolis Mumbai, is expected. enter confinement this weekend.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received his second injection on Thursday, tweeted that vaccines are “among the few ways we have to beat the virus” and urged people to follow his example.
However, according to the Times of India, ten states have stocks of only three or four days, including Uttar Pradesh, where about 200 million people live, as well as Bihar and West Bengal.
In Maharashtra, the regional health minister warned on Wednesday that stocks would be depleted in three days if they were not replenished. “We have to tell people that since the vaccines have not arrived, they have to go home,” Rajesh Tope told reporters.
Mumbai’s main vaccination centers ran out of doses on Thursday, and the huge Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital completely halted the injections.
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At a government-run vaccination center in Dharavi, Mumbai’s largest slum, long lines have formed to get vaccinated. “We are trying to see what we can do to keep some stock for tomorrow,” Afrin Sultana Khan, head of the center, who said she had no idea when the children were arriving, told AFP. new doses.
A district in the state of Andhra Pradesh has exhausted all its reserves on Tuesday, according to the Economic Times.
However, Federal Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said late Wednesday that allegations of a shortage in Maharashtra were “completely unfounded” and that many states were trying “to distract from their failures.”
“The vaccine supply is monitored in real time and state governments are regularly informed,” he added.
According to Ajay Ghai, a senior health official in Uttar Pradesh, “The vaccine supply is done on an ongoing basis, as is the replenishment. There is no shortage at all ”.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India is approaching 13 million and the virus has caused 170,000 deaths, although the infection rate per capita in the world’s second most populous country remains low compared to other nations.
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