The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been asked to explore the possibility of global procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said.
More than 25.03 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on May 10, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest provisional report.
With that, over 17.27 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far. On May 10, 10.75 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 14.27 lakh people were given their second dose. This included healthcare and frontline workers, people aged over 60 and beneficiaries above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.
The government had earlier revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to six-eight weeks. However, the interval for the second dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin remains unchanged.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, with healthcare workers at the frontline of India's COVID-19 battle getting their first jabs. The country began the second phase of the vaccination drive from March 1 in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities could start getting the vaccine.
From April 1, vaccination was opened for everyone above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.
India rolled out the third phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive for those in the 18-45 age group on May 1. The central government has liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.
Registration on CoWIN platform for the third phase began on April 28 and is mandatory for the 18-44 age group.
Here are key developments related to the COVID-19 vaccination process:
> Delhi sounded an alert of its depleting vaccine stock on May 10, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain saying that the national capital has only one day's Covaxin jabs left and its Covishield doses will last for just three to four days. Later in the day, AAP leader Atishi said the Delhi government will have to close vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered to beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group after May 11 evening if its stocks are not replenished.
> The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been asked to explore the possibility of global procurement of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure efficient inoculation, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said. In a series of tweets, he said work was also on to ensure those not well-versed with technology or those who are unable to operate the CoWin app get access to vaccines in time.
> Microblogging giant Twitter has donated $15 million to help address the COVID-19 crisis in India which is battling the unprecedented second wave of the deadly pandemic. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that the amount has been donated to three non-governmental organisations Care, Aid India and Sewa International USA. While CARE has been given $10 million, Aid India and Sewa International USA have received $2.5 million each.
> Air India told its employees that it will not be able to hold COVID-19 vaccination camps for them at the Delhi airport on May 11 and May 13 due to "non-availability" of vaccines. The airline had on May 4 said that it would vaccinate all its employees against COVID-19 by the end of this month as a pilots' body demanded inoculation of the flying crew on priority basis citing risk to their lives from the deadly infection.
> Actors Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza said that they have received the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine. They took to social media to share the update. India captain Virat Kohli, senior pacer Ishant Sharma and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara also received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on May 10.Here's the vaccination count for some states:
|Madhya Pradesh|| 87,14,234|
|Uttar Pradesh|| 1,37,60,662|