The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday said that over 118 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far through the free cost of the channel.
“More than 118 crore (1,18,24,36,185) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category,” it said.
The Ministry said that 16,13,69,661 balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered.
The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country, it said.
The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them COVID-19 vaccines free of cost, it added