Centre Urges States To Minimise Vaccine Wastage
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The Centre urged states to minimize wastage and optimally utilize doses of Covid vaccines as these jabs are invaluable commodities. The average Covid-19 vaccine wastage in India is estimated at 6.5%, with states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and J&K accounting for the maximum wastage in the range of 6.6% to 17%.

Vaccines are invaluable commodities. They are public health goods and therefore vaccines have to be optimally utilized. Vaccine wastage has to be drastically reduced. Any reduction in wastage means that you end up inoculating more people and therefore the chances of disrupting the chain of infection grow that much more, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

The wastage is lowest in small states like Himachal Pradesh (1.4%), Uttarakhand (1.6%), and Tripura (2.2), health ministry data show. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest wastage of vaccine doses at 17.6% and 11.6%, respectively. So far, a total of 7.54 crore doses of the two vaccines have been supplied to states across the country. Of this, over 3.51 crore doses were administered till 9 am on March 17.

Amid concerns about India supplying a huge quantity of vaccines to other countries, even as it has not yet allowed the sale of vaccines in the private market or even expanded the coverage, Bhushan said part of the exports are driven by international commitments with global organizations that have funded vaccine development and manufacturing in India.

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