Amid reports of shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, a Right To Information (RTI) reply revealed high wastage in several states, with Tamil Nadu leading the pack.
Of the total COVID-19 vaccines allocated, Tamil Nadu reported the highest wastage at 12.10 percent, followed by Haryana (9.74 percent), Punjab (8.12 percent), Manipur (7.8 percent) and Telangana (7.55 percent), NDTV reported.
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Overall, 23 percent of vaccine dose was wasted in India till April 11. States used over 10 crore doses and wasted more than 44 lakh, the reply said.
Kerala, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Goa, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep were among the states and UTs that reported "zero wastage".
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Ministry have on several occasions asked states to minimise vaccine wastage. The ministry also said that the allocation will depend upon the states' performance.
"The government of India from its share will allocate vaccines to states and UTs based on the criteria of the extent of infection (number of active COVID cases) and performance (speed of administration). Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criteria and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, the state-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the states adequately in advance," the Health Ministry said on April 19.
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