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Assam suspends first dose vaccination of Covaxin

Covaxin has so far been administered to nearly 1.5 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group in Assam.

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Guwahati: Due to the shortage of supply of vaccines, the Assam government Friday
decided to suspend the first dose vaccination of Covaxin.
The existing stock of Covaxin would be prioritised for those who have to be inoculated with a second dose of the vaccine.
Once the supply improves, the first dose vaccination using Covaxin would be re-initiated, Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta told media persons here today.
“For the time being, we are suspending Covaxin first dose in the state. There is a short supply of this vaccine,” Mr Mahanta said.
Covaxin, is the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited.
The Minister added that the state currently has 20,000 Covaxin doses, including 15,000 which were received earlier in the day.
Covaxin has so far been administered to nearly 1.5 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group in Assam.
The inoculation drive for both – the below and above 45 age groups – is being conducted using the Covaxin and Covishield vaccines. The latter is being manufactured and supplied by Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII).
According to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, around 30 percent of the state’s 3.2 crore population is targeted to be covered in the immunisation drive by August 15. The state has so far inoculated around 40 lakh people, with nearly five lakh among the beneficiaries based in state capital Guwahati.

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