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Return unused COVID-19 vaccine stock, Centre asks private hospitals

States are making efforts to ensure that there is adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine shots, since those aged 18-44 will be eligible for vaccination from May 1.

April 28, 2021 / 10:02 AM IST
A vial of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is produced in India and marketed as Covishield (Image: Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A vial of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is produced in India and marketed as Covishield (Image: Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Private hospitals across the country have been asked to return unused stock of COVID-19 vaccines to state governments. The instruction comes ahead of the expansion of the inoculation drive from May 1.

Several state governments have already issued advisories to hospitals in this regard, Business Standard reported.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the story.

The advisory by states comes after a letter from Union Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.