In a worrying development Maharashtra sent a SOS, claiming that it has vaccine stocks only for 3 days. Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated that Maharashtra COVID-19 Vaccine stocks may run out in three days. The health department sent an SOS alert to the Centre for the scarcity of vaccines.
The health minister asked Centre for more COVID-19 vaccines. The Minister on Tuesday even requested the Union minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, to ensure the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister Rajesh Tope stated that the Centre instructed the state to vaccinate 6 lakh people every day. He added that the state has only 14 lakh doses of vaccine that could last in three days.
Tope stated that the Maharashtra state needs 40 lakhs of vaccines every week. He said that the doses are not sufficient to complete the target. The state has received 1.06 crore vaccines out of which 88 lakh people have been injected with the COVID-19 vaccines.
In India, Maharashtra has reported 55,469 new cases and 297 deaths and 34,256 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The state has reported the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases across India.
On Wednesday, Principal Secretary Pradeep Vyas said, “Many districts of Maharashtra are running out of the vaccine doses and the Centre is also aware of the current situation.
Rajesh Tope added the new strain has adversed the situation and to curb the effect of COVID-19, it is important to boost the immunity power and develop antibodies. In the state daily four lakh people have injected vaccines at the vaccination centres. Overall, 82 lakh people of Maharashtra have injected the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The health minister said to the Union Minister that “Vaccination needs to go up and therefore the state is demanding for more vaccines of COVID-19”.
The health minister stated- “Centre is not obstructing but the process of supply is very slow'” Maharashtra is demanding Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, as the stock is left for only three days.
There should be continuity in the surge of COVID-19 vaccines to control the impact of the infection in the state. The Health Minister said that people between the age group of 20 to 40 are easily tested COVID-19 positive. The Maharashtra state is consuming oxygen 700 MG/L per day whereas it is producing 1200 MG/L oxygen.
Due to the rapid increase in the COVID-19 cases the Maharashtra government has increased the numbers of beds in the hospitals of Pune, Nasik, Mumbai and Nagpur. The minister said that the state has sent the samples of COVID-19 new strain to the Centre to curb the surge of the disease. In the last two days, the Maharashtra state has reported 55,000 new cases. Thus, to restrain the infection of the disease the Centre needs to supply the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine quickly.