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Vaccination of people above 18 in may be delayed:
Karnataka Health Minister
Vaccination of people above 18 years of age, which was supposed to start from May 1, may be delayed as
the vaccines have not yet arrived, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday
years of age, which was supposed to start from May 1, may be
delayed as the vaccines have not yet arrived, Karnataka Health
Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday. "We have made orders to
Serum Institute in Pune for over one crore doses but the official
news is that they are still not prepared to give it to us from
tomorrow as scheduled," the Minister told reporters here.
He asked people who have enrolled themselves on the Cowin
portal for inoculation to refrain from going to vaccination centres
on May 1. The Minister said the government will intimate the
eligible people after confirmation from Serum Institute of India
about the arrival of vaccines.
"We have already paid Rs 400 crore to purchase one crore doses
of Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in
Pune," the Minister said. According to him, the Serum Institute has
the capacity to produce five to six crore doses in a month while the
Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech can produce one to 1.5 crore
doses. Russia's Sputnik has given licence to Dr Reddy's
Laboratory to produce the vaccine but they have not informed the
government officially when they will be able to supply it.