While the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country is increasing in its second wave, there are reports of vaccine deficiency from many states. Now in such a situation, the question is also arising that is there any problem in the way of determining the amount of vaccine supply for each state? And how exactly is it done? These questions are being aired after the second wave of COVID-19 rages across the country.
Hospitals in many states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, have either run out of vaccine doses or have just a few days left. The Government of India argues that this issue is not about supply, but planning.
On April 14, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan explained the methodology, saying, “We are supplying four days to big states and compensating every four to five days. Vaccines for small states for seven to eight days Supplies that are sent again after the completion of this deadline. State governments need to see the status of the dose on the Daily Basis, just like we do every day in the Ministry of Health. “
Now here but one thing is still not clear that after all how is the supply of one day for each state calculated? Is this process the same for all the states or is it a different process for each state?
Not all states agree with what Bhushan said. For example, Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo alleged in a print report on 14 April that the state has not received supplies despite promising fresh doses within two to three days in the last one week.
Meanwhile, the chief ministers of the two most affected states, Delhi and Maharashtra, have been vocal on their demands for more supplies. Despite this, Maharashtra started receiving the highest dose.
One possible reason for the mismatch between demand and supply would also be that the doses sent to each state may not be according to their population. To understand this better, Moneycontrol looked at the total dose data supplied to the 24 states and union territories of India and compared it to their population.
This study also looked at the percentage of the population who received at least the first dose. Data for the rest of the states and union territories was not available. This data is taken from Kai Source. The vaccine data was taken from the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
According to the data, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases and vaccine supply is also the highest. The picture changes when one takes into account its population. On April 8, Maharashtra’s vaccine supply covered about 8.5 percent of its population. The figure for Delhi was 10.4 percent.
On the other hand, Gujarat, which cannot be considered as the most affected state according to the most official figures, received enough vaccine for 16.4 percent of its population, which was the highest as compared to other states.
After this, the vaccine received by Kerala at number two covers 16.1 percent of its population and Chhattisgarh comes at number three with 15.8 percent. Among the most populous states of the country, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are at the bottom of this list.
“The data clearly shows that there is a lack of logic or continuity in delivering the dose. So it was right to voice Maharashtra and it was its official,” said a supervisor who oversees COVID-19 cases in India.
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