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Need To Keep COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage Below 1 Per Cent: Union Health Secretary

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Need To Keep COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage Below 1 Per Cent: Union Health Secretary
  • People above 45 years will be vaccinated from from April 1
  • India started it's COVID-19 vaccine drive on January 16
  • Currently, Covaxin and Covishield are being used for inoculating people

New Delhi: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has urged the states and the union territories (UTs) to maintain vaccine wastage at less the an one per cent. His remarks came a day before the vaccination drive in the country is set to be extended for people above 45 years from April 1.

Mr. Bhushan held a high-level meeting through video conference with Health Secretaries, State Mission Directors of National Health Mission (NHM) and State Immunization officers of all states and UTs to review the status, pace and issues regarding COVID vaccination across the country as well as the preparations from April 1 when vaccination would be extended to all persons above the age of 45.

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During the review meeting, the Health Secretary urged the officials to ensure timely utilisation of available stocks of the COVID-19 vaccine. He asked officials “to maintain the vaccine wastage at less than one per cent and regularly review vaccine wastage across all levels”. Currently, the wastage percentage of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country is six per cent.

Mr. Bhushan also said that there should not be sedimentation of vaccine stocks at any level of storage. A total of 6.24 crore vaccine doses have been given across the country as on 7 pm on Tuesday (March 30), which marked the 74th day of vaccination. India reported 53,480 new COVID-19 cases and 354 related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Union Health Ministry.

With these additional cases, the total number of infections in the country has reached 1,21,49,335. Eight states accounted for 84.73 per cent of the 53,480 COVID-19 cases registered in the country in the last 24 hours.

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