Over 70 crore 31 lakh vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. The vaccines have been given through the Central government free of cost channel and direct state procurement category. More than eight lakh doses are in the pipeline. Union Health Ministry said, over five crore 64 lakh balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs. The Ministry said, the Centre is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.