216 crore coronavirus vaccines to be manufactured in India

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Dr VK Paul (Image: Twitter/ANI)
Dr VK Paul (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi : Amid reports of shortage of coronavirus vaccines in the nation, the Centre has announced that over two billion doses will be made available in the country in five months between August and December.

Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog said that the GoI is talking to vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J.

“We kept asking them if they wanted to supply to India. But they told us they will respond accordingly to the availability by 2021. The talks are still on with them. We are hoping that they will supply and produce in India,” he added.

He also mentioned that the government is willing to invite other manufacturers to India for the production of Covaxin.

Meanwhile, recovery cases have been increasing in the country since May 3 and 187 districts have shown a continued decline in cases since the last 2 weeks.

Addressing the media, Lav Agarwal, Union Health Ministry, Joint Secretary said that the overall country-wide positivity rate has declined from 21.95 per cent to 21.02 per cent in the last one week.

For the past 3 days, there is plateauing in death cases as well while there are 12 states with more than 1 lakh active cases.