Cabinet additionally approves buy of covaxin for 18-44 class industrial staff
CHANDIGARH: The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab authorities on Thursday determined to join the COVAX facility alliance for global sourcing and procurement of Covid vaccines at the perfect worth, turning into the primary state within the nation to take such a properly thought out strategic initiative in the direction of addressing the issue of vaccine scarcity amid the lethal second wave of the pandemic.
The resolution was taken through the cupboard assembly, which additionally authorized the acquisition of Covaxin for industrial staff, for whose vaccination the business has expressed willingness to pay. The state authorities has to this point ordered solely Covishield vaccine for the 18-44 age group, however with this resolution, decks have been cleared to place orders for Covaxin too.
Reviewing the vaccination standing and availability within the state, the cupboard stated it was crucial to supply vaccine globally. Since the COVAX facility affords the perfect costs, the state ought to make an try to join the identical for procuring vaccines from the worldwide markets, it determined. The suggestion for becoming a member of the COVAX was given to the cupboard by Dr Gagandeep Kang, who heads the Punjab Expert Group on Vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed toward equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.
In a short presentation, Health Secretary Hussan Lal knowledgeable the cupboard that of the 30 lakh Covishield doses ordered by the state authorities, the Serum Institute of India had to this point confirmed 4.29 lakh, of which 1 lakh doses had been acquired. He additional disclosed that some central authorities establishments and industrial institutions had been requesting for early vaccination of their work power. Given the scarcity of vaccines, he identified that sure states had been floating global tenders to import the identical.
The Health Secretary additional apprised the cupboard that for the 45+ age group, the final tranche of Covishield vaccine (1,63,710 doses) was acquired on May 9, taking the overall to 42,48, 560. As many as 3,45,000 doses got to the armed forces, whereas the overall vaccination utilization stood at 39,03,560.
For Covaxin within the 45+ class, the final tranche of vaccine acquired was of 75,000 doses (6 May 2021), taking the overall acquired to 4,09,080, of which utilization until date was 3,52,080, leaving availability of solely 57,000 now.