Shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses in Mumbai, says Mayor Kishori Pednekar

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday said that there is a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the city.

"There is a shortage of COVID19 vaccine doses in Mumbai. Yesterday, we had 1,76,000 vaccine doses but in the coming days we will require more vaccines," Kishori Pednekar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

She urged the Central government to provide more vaccine doses. "The centre needs to give us more stocks as soon as possible or it will be difficult to administer second doses," Kishori Pednekar said, urging citizens to follow all precautions.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday said the state is facing a vaccine shortage and demanded 40 lakh doses every week from the Centre.

"We do not have enough vaccine doses at various vaccination centres, and people have to be sent back due to a shortage of doses," Tope said.

"Currently, we have 14 lakh vaccine doses which will get over in the next three days. We've urged for 40 lakh more vaccine doses per week. I'm not saying that the Center is not giving us vaccines but the speed of delivery of vaccines is slow," he said.

The Health Minister added that they are working on war footing to increase the number of beds in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik and other parts of the state.

The state has also demanded the inclusion of people of age group 20-40 years into the vaccination process and they must be vaccinated on priority.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 55,469 new COVID-19 cases and 297 deaths. The active number of cases in the state stands at 4,72,283. The death toll in the state has gone up to 56,330.

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