Need to keep vaccine wastage below 1 per cent: Union health secretary | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has urged the states and the Union territories (UTs) to preserve vaccine wastage at lower than one per cent.
His remarks got here a day earlier than the vaccination drive within the nation is ready to be prolonged for individuals above 45 years from April 1.
Bhushan held a excessive-degree assembly by video convention with health secretaries, state mission administrators of (*1*) (NHM) and state immunization officers of all states and UTs to evaluation the standing, tempo and points concerning COVID vaccination throughout the nation in addition to the preparations from April 1 when vaccination could be prolonged to all individuals above the age of 45.
During the evaluation assembly, the Health Secretary urged the officers to guarantee well timed utilisation of accessible shares of the Covid-19 vaccine.
He requested officers “to maintain the vaccine wastage at less than one per cent and regularly review vaccine wastage across all levels”. Currently, the wastage proportion of the Covid-19 vaccine within the nation is six per cent.
Bhushan additionally mentioned that there shouldn’t be sedimentation of vaccine shares at any degree of storage.
A complete of 6.24 crore vaccine doses have been given throughout the nation as on 7 pm on Tuesday, which marked the 74th day of vaccination.
India reported 53,480 new Covid-19 instances and 354 associated deaths within the final 24 hours, in accordance to Union Health Ministry.
With these further instances, the full quantity of infections within the nation has reached 1,21,49,335.
Eight states accounted for 84.73 per cent of the 53,480 Covid-19 instances registered within the nation within the final 24 hours.

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