Bengaluru: In a significant landmark in the fight against covid, India has administered more than 15 cr vaccine doses. 

These doses have been administered through 22,07,065 sessions. These include 93,67,520 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 61,47,918 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,23,19,903 FLWs (1stdose), 66,12,789 FLWs (2nddose), 5,14,99,834 1st dose beneficiaries and 98,92,380 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 5,10,24,886 (1st dose) and 31,55,418 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years, a statement from the ministry of health and family welfare said. 

It might be recalled that India will start phase 3 of the vaccination drive will begin on May 1, with the beneficiaries needing to register themselves on Cowin App. Registration for the new eligible population groups started on 28th April. 

The statement from the ministry adds that the government of India has so far provided nearly 16.16 crore vaccine doses (16,16,86,140) to states/UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is15,10,77,933doses.

More than 1 crore COVID Vaccine doses (1,06,08,207) are still available with the states/UTs to be administered, it further adds. 

While many states have sought the vaccines, it is to be noted that more than 20 Lakh (20,48,890) vaccine doses will be received in addition by these states/UTs within the next 3 days.

It is to be noted that several states have flagged the dearth of vaccines, thereby leading to a massive impact on the vaccine drive.  

Reports add that Sputnik-V will be in India starting May 1. 

On the other hand, India has imported several oxygen cylinders and containers. The Indian railways and air force are doing their best by supplying these cylinders and containers to different parts of the country. While the railways has created Oxygen Express, the air force has pressed its giant aircraft into service.