75% of the vaccines being produced in the country are being provided to States and UTs free of cost

The Union Government has provided more than 52.37 crore (52,37,50,890) Covid-19 vaccine doses to States and Union Territories (UTs) through all sources so far.

A further 8,99,260 doses are in the pipeline, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 50,32,77,942 doses, as per data available at 8 am on Sunday, the health ministry said.

More than 2.42 crore (2,42,87,160) balance and unutilized CovidVaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered, according to the latest data.

About 55,91,657 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking India’s vaccination coverage to more than 50.68 crore doses. This includes vaccines administered by private hospitals.

According to the health ministry, the Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country.

The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from June 21, 2021.

The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost.

In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government has been procuring and suppling, free of cost, 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.

The rest is available for purchase by private hospitals and health institutions.