Covid vaccine wastage will negatively impact allocation of stocks from Centre’s kitty...

Covid vaccine wastage will negatively impact allocation of stocks from Centre’s kitty to states from May 1


(This story originally appeared in on Apr 23, 2021)

NEW DELHI: Wastage of anti-Covid shots will be a criteria negatively impacting allocation of stocks from the Centre’s kitty to states and UTs from May 1.

The measure is intended to encourage better use of vaccinations as the demand will need to be more carefully managed once 50% of vaccine production in India becomes available for states and private hospitals from May 1.


At present, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan are among big states with an over 6% wastage, whereas Assam has the highest of 9.6% with Manipur recording 8.4%. Others like Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also have over 5% wastage of vaccines, official data show. Among the better performing states are Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Mizoram and Goa with zero wastage.

As per the new policy, vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly doses to the Centre and would be free to supply the remaining doses to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price. The Centre, from its share, will allocate vaccines to states and UTs based on extent and curve of infection (number of active Covid cases) and performance (speed of administration). Apart from these, wastage of vaccine will also be weighed, the government has said.

Given that supply of vaccines will be limited, at least initially, states would need maximum stocks – through their own procurement as well as from the Centre – to cater to their requirement. With more than 30 lakh vaccine doses given till 8 pm on Thursday, India has administered a total of more than 13.53 crore doses so far.

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