Several Indian states forced to postpone vaccination campaigns due to shortages

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People line up while waiting to receive a dose of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine, outside Moti Lal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad on May 1.
People line up while waiting to receive a dose of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine, outside Moti Lal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad on May 1. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images
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Several Indian states were forced to postpone their Covid-19 vaccination plans on Saturday due to supply shortages, authorities said.

At least seven states or union territories have been affected by vaccine shortages, as confirmed by CNN. These include the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharasthra and the Union Territory of Delhi, which includes the Indian capital, New Delhi.

India launched its vaccination campaign on January 16, prioritizing healthcare and frontline workers first, followed by those over 60 and those over 45 with problems existing health care systems. The campaign was expanded to include everyone over 18 on Saturday.

India is facing a second massive wave of Covid-19 cases, reporting more than 400,000 in a single day on Saturday.

A total of 1,648,192 doses of the vaccine were administered up to 8 p.m., including 989,700 people who received their first dose and 658,492 people who received a second dose, according to provisional figures in the press release.

Of these, 84,599 people between the ages of 18 and 44 received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to a press release released Saturday evening by the Indian Ministry of Health. Fewer young people received vaccines because some states prioritized second doses and older people who had not received their first dose.

As of Saturday evening Indian time, a total of 156,637,825 doses of the vaccine have been administered since January across the country. A total of 28,591,381 people received their second dose, or just under 2.2% of the country’s 1.3 billion people.

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