Modi Calls On State CMs To Curb COVID Vaccines Wastage

Asking CMs to deep dive into the causes of vaccine wastage in India, Modi said that states like Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have reported a higher wastage average at above 10% compared to the total average of the country which stands at 6.5%

Raghav N

March 18, 2021

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The wastage of COVID vaccines amidst the ongoing inoculation drive in India was a major point of focus for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his virtual meeting with various state chief ministers yesterday. He said that the centre is taking the matter very seriously.

Data shows Telangana’s immunisation wastage at 17.6%, while Andhra Pradesh has recorded 11.6% dosages going into the trash can. Urging the CMs to take proactive measures to address the issue, Modi said that the spoilage amounts to taking away an individual’s right. According to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, at least five states including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka (6.9% spoilage), Uttar Pradesh at 9.4% and Jammu and Kashmir at 6.6% have a wastage average higher than the total country’s average that stands at 6.5%.

The PM asked the state representatives to ensure that the injections are used in order of their expiry date, with the earlier manufactured ones being used first, while also seeking different suggestions from them to enable full and efficient use of the vaccines.

India is currently fighting its second wave of the novel virus with a constant increase in the cases in the last few weeks. As per data shared during Modi’s meeting, he said that at least 70 districts of India have seen a 150% increase in cases in the last 15 days.

Various areas in Uttar Pradesh including Noida and Greater Noida have been imposed with Section 144 , while gyms and sports clubs will be shut down from today onwards. The PM also expressed concerns over the pandemic penetrating into the tier two and three cities to eventually make its way to villages, which will then make it very difficult to control the situation.

Between 1 March to 15 March, many states have seen a doubling of cases recorded. While Maharashtra recorded more than 23,000 cases yesterday, some districts in the state like Nanded have seen a 385% increase in the number of infections.

Health officials have urged the public to continue following all COVID protocols like mask-wearing, frequent sanitisation and washing of hands and social distancing.

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