Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said the government is likely to start vaccinating children against COVID-19 from August. The remarks came at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting held in the national capital.
The Minister added that India is soon going to be the largest vaccine-producing country as more companies will get production licences, ANI reported. Currently, India is administering three vaccines - Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Serum Insitute of India's Covishield, and Russia's Sputnik V.
A total of 45.7 crore doses have been supplied to the states and Union territories from January to date and an additional 6.03 crore doses are expected to be supplied by July 31. This will amount to a total of 51.73 crore doses supplied from January to July 31, it added. "It should be appreciated that India has crossed the landmark of 440 million (44.19 crores) doses administered, which is the largest number achieved in the world and has been done at quite a brisk pace too. Out of these, 9.6 crores are cases where both the doses have been administered," the statement said.
A total of 11.97 crore Covid vaccine doses were administered in June. For July (as of July 26), a total of 10.62 crore doses have been administered. It is the endeavour of the government to provide vaccination to the eligible citizens in the shortest possible time according to the availability of the vaccines, the statement said.
With inputs from PTI
First Published: IST