Maharashtra seeks 3 cr vaccine doses per month from Centre

Mumbai: Amid threat by the Delta Plus variant and the emergence of a possible third wave of Covid-19, the Maharashtra Assembly passed a resolution urging the Centre to allocate 3 crore vaccine doses per month to the state. This would help the state to increase the pace of vaccination and thereby curb the virus infection. The resolution was moved by Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also reiterated that the Centre needs to ramp up the supply of vaccine doses. ‘’On a single day recently, a record 8.10 lakh people were vaccinated. The state has a potential to daily vaccinate 15 lakh people,’’ he noted. Thackeray warned that the government will take strict action against those involved in fake vaccination and assured that the people, who were administered those doses, will be vaccinated again after due consultation with the doctors.

On allowing the general public to commute in Mumbai local trains, Tope said it would be possible if the vaccination is increased.

Tope said the state government was well equipped to vaccinate 10 lakh people per day, provided the doses were available. "With this number, we can vaccinate three crore people in the next two months. Expediting the vaccination drive is necessary for the economic revival as well," he said.

The Centre has so far provided 2,84,39,060 vaccine doses and the state government has purchased 25,10,730 doses, the minister said. He added that 3,43,82,583 have been cumulatively vaccinated till now. He said the state has so far conducted 4.25 crore tests for coronavirus, out of which 61 lakh have come out positive, while 1.23 lakh patients succumbed to the viral infection.

After one-and-a-half year (since Covid-19 outbreak), there are 1.23 lakh active cases in the state, he said.

"Maharashtra tops the list of states in the number of (Covid-19) infections, deaths and active cases. There are 21 cases of the ''Delta Plus'' variant of coronavirus and 5,500 cases of mucormycosis. This is a serious situation," he said.

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