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Ministry of Health rejects claim that 50 lakh doses of Covishield are wasted

The Center had proactively advised all states to review vaccine availability, from the start of the vaccination campaign

States have also been urged to ensure that no doses of vaccine are expired – in both public and private facilities – the ministry said in a statement.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday February 3 refuted misleading media reports that 50 lakh of unused Covishield doses could be wasted by the end of this month.

He said the Center has proactively advised all state governments to review vaccine availability, from the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, to ensure wastage of doses is reduced. at least.

The Department of Health had communicated in November last year to states that they should regularly review the status of vaccines that were due to exceed their shelf life in the coming months but were available in private hospitals.

States have also been urged to ensure that no doses of vaccine expire – both in government and private facilities – the ministry said in a statement.

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He said states have been asked to hold a quick videoconference at the Additional Chief Secretary (Health)/Principal Secretary (Health) level with private hospitals to review the use of vaccine doses.

States were also told they could try interventions such as administering vaccines as part of corporate social responsibility or vaccination at subsidized rates in private hospitals, the ministry said.

In addition, at the request of specific States, the Union Department of Health had clarified that it had no objection to the proposed arrangement for the transfer of vaccines, on an exceptional basis, from healthcare establishments in the sector private to public health facilities in the state to avoid expiring vaccines and to ensure that no doses of vaccine are wasted, the statement read.

In addition, the exchange supply of vaccines has been made available on Co-WIN, the government’s web portal for immunization information, he noted. In addition, discussions have also been held with states namely West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat and Delhi to ensure that vaccines available at private COVID vaccination centers are utilized, says the communicated.

(With agency contributions)