The government on Tuesday said there will be enough Covid vaccines in India by mid-July or early August this year to inoculate up to 10 million people every day.
During a media briefing, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director-general Dr Balram Bhargava said that Centre will be able to fulfil its goal of vaccinating the entire adult population of India by December 2021.
“We need to be patient. We have administered nearly as many vaccine doses as the United States. There is no shortage of vaccines. By mid-July or August, we will have enough doses to vaccinate 1 crore people per day. We are confident of vaccinating the whole population by December,” he said.
The assertion comes just days after the Union health ministry said that 12 crore doses of vaccines will be available in India in the month of June itself.
Currently, the nationwide vaccination program is progressing at a slow pace due to shortage of doses.
Specifying norms for opening districts, the ICMR chief said that the Covid positivity rate should be below five per cent for a week, over 70 per cent of the vulnerable population should be vaccinated and there should be community ownership to implement Covid-appropriate behavior.
He said the positivity rate is less than five per cent in 344 districts while 30 states and UTs have reported a decline in active Covid-19 cases since last week.
The ICMR DG added that 239 districts have registered more than 10% positivity rate.
There has also been an almost 69 per cent decline in Covid cases since the peak recorded on May 7, he said.
The government also clarified that mixing vaccines is not a protocol till further update and there is no change in the schedule of the two-dose Covishield and Covaxi
India has been administering doses of Covishield and Covaxin