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|Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:20 am Post subject: How India missed its vaccination target
|How India missed its vaccination target
India has missed the target of giving its entire adult population of 940 million two vaccinations by the end of 2021.
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The target was first announced by Prakash Javadekar in May, who was a minister in the federal government at the time.
"Vaccination in India will be completed by December 2021," he said.
How is the vaccine programme going?
As of 30 December, 64% of India's adult population is fully vaccinated and around 90% has received the first dose.
Experts said achieving the target of full vaccination coverage would take a long time.
Dr Chandrakant Lahariya, an epidemiologist and health systems specialist, says the target set by the government was "unrealistic" because achieving 100% vaccine coverage at any given point would not be possible.
"There would always be some people who are unwilling to get vaccinated for various reasons," he said.
Weekly vaccinations have slowed since the first week of December, according to India's vaccine dashboard - CoWin.
Does India have enough vaccines?
India is currently administering two locally-manufactured vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, and the Russian vaccine Sputnik.
India's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India (SII), was manufacturing 250 million doses of Covishield a month before the company announced production cuts in December due to a lack of orders.
It now produces between 125 and 150 million doses a month.
Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, makes 50 to 60 million doses a month.
India's health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, recently said in parliament that states had a stock of 170 million vaccines as of 20 December.