India delivered an average of 1.93 million doses per day in May, and several states ran out of supplies for at least some groups of recipients by the fourth week of the month.
According to the report, the positivity rate in 344 districts is less than 5%, and 30 states have reported a decrease in active COVID-19 cases in the last week. The number of Covid cases has also decreased by nearly 69% since the peak on May 7, according to the Centre.
What does India plan to do?
India has stated that it plans to triple capacity to 10 million vaccinations per day by July in order to avoid another wave of Covid-19 infections as lethal as the one that occurred in April.
Top officials in India said on Tuesday that the country will be able to vaccinate 10 million people per day by July or August, backing up statements made by the government's representative in the Supreme Court that the country will deliver doses to all eligible individuals by the end of the year – though it wasn't immediately clear where the doses would come from.
It also stated that mixing vaccines is not a protocol until further notice and that the schedule for the two-dose Covishield and Covaxin vaccines has not changed. In an enhancement to the slow vaccination drive, the government announced on Saturday that nearly 12 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would be available in June, with roughly half of them going to states.
NK Arora, Chairman of India’s Technical Advisory Group on Covid said to ANI, “By August we will have 200-250 million vaccine doses per month; another 50-60 million doses from other manufacturing units or if we get international vaccine doses.”
Arora also stated that there are plans to begin testing the feasibility of a regimen that combines two different doses of Covid vaccines in a few weeks to see if it helps boost the immune response to the virus in a few weeks.
What were the reports before this announcement?
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government would purchase 75% of all vaccines from pharmaceutical companies and distribute them for free to states, which had previously purchased shots for people aged 18-45 through private hospitals.
The Centre stated that the Covid positivity rate should be less than 5% for a week, that more than 70% of the vulnerable population should be vaccinated, and that there should be community ownership to implement Covid-appropriate behavior.
According to reports, the positivity rate in 344 districts is less than 5%, and 30 states have reported a decrease in active COVID-19 cases in the last week.
In a separate letter, the Serum Institute of India (SII) informed the government that it will be able to manufacture and supply 9 to 10 million doses of Covishield shots in June.
So far, India has administered more than 210 million doses, with more than 10.8 million beneficiaries aged 18-44 years vaccinated in phase-3.