Centre has said that 216 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be available between August and December this year for Indian citizens. Talking to media persons, NITI Aayog Member Dr VK Paul said that it will be enough to vaccinate the entire population and the vaccine will be available for all. He said that the number is likely to reach 300 crore doses by the first quarter of 2022.
Dr Paul estimated that 75 crore doses of Covishield and 55 cores doses of Covaxin are expected between August and December this year. He informed that 35 crores 60 lakh vaccine doses have been procured so far. Dr Paul said that six crores 60 lakh doses were procured under PM Cares Fund and were utilized fully.
Dr Paul added that additional 16 crore doses are in pipeline to states and private hospitals. So far, one crore 65 lakh free doses have been supplied by the Centre to states while 2 crores 35 lakh doses will be supplied to the states in the coming days, he said.