Amid many states and Union Territories complaining of a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged authorities to ensure that there’s no wastage of vaccines citing that of late, the wastage numbers have been on a higher side.
Modi on Friday also held a review meeting to take stock of the inoculation drive in the country and said that the Centre is helping vaccine manufacturers get more production units, financing and supply of raw materials.
The developments come in the backdrop of the Union health ministry announcing that the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 22.75 crore on Friday, with 33,57,713 doses being administered during the last 24 hours.
On Friday, Modi was briefed by officials about the current availability of vaccines and the roadmap for ramping it up. He was also apprised about the efforts being taken to help various vaccine manufacturers ramp up the production of vaccines.
"Government of India is actively working with vaccine manufacturers ad helping them in terms of facilitating more production units, financing and supply of raw materials," the PMO said.
The prime minister also took stock of the status of vaccination coverage in healthcare workers as well as frontline workers, besides those in 45-plus and 18-44 years age groups, the PMO said.
Officials also briefed him on various measures being taken on the tech front to make the process of vaccination more people-friendly.
He was briefed on advance visibility being provided to states on vaccine availability, with officials noting that states have been asked to pass on this information to the district level so that there is no inconvenience to people.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, besides a number of top bureaucrats, attended the meeting, the PMO said.
(With PTI inputs)