Official figures don’t seem to explain the mystery of India’s vaccination numbers. The mystery is that going by both government declarations and those of the vaccine manufacturers, India is producing at least about 27 lakh doses a day on average even without taking Sputnik into account. The government in an affidavit in the Supreme Court earlier this month averred that Serum Institute of India (SII) was producing 6.5 crore doses of Covishield a month and Bharat Biotech was producing 2 crore doses of Covaxin a month, which was to be enhanced to 5.5 crore doses a month by July. It also said Sputnik was expected to ramp up production from 30 lakh a month to 1.2 crores a month by July. Let us take the lowest figure in each case. That would mean 8.5 crore doses of just Covishield and Covaxin in May. Now, look at the vaccination figures from the CoWin portal. They show that in the first 22 days of May, India has administered a little under 3.6 crore doses at an average of 16.2 lakh doses a day. At the average rate so far, the month will end with about 5 core doses having been delivered. Which leaves us with the question — what is happening to the vaccines being produced?
May 24, 2021, 08:55AM ISTSource: TOI.in