Kerala had to halt vaccination as many of its districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, are running dry of vaccines, state Health Minister Veena George had stated yesterday. “We have zero vaccine stocks now. It seems there won’t be vaccination drive in the state for next few days,” she said. Thiruvanathapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha do not have any Covishield vaccine doses. Fresh vaccine batches are not expected to reach Kerala before July 29. Assuring that the rate of vaccination in the state is beyond 100%, the minister said, “There is zero wastage… We request the Center to give us more vaccines”.
Vaccination drive will remain suspended across 281 civic-run centres and 20 government- run centres in Mumbai on Thursday due to shortage of stocks, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However, it will continue as per the schedule at 98 private vaccination centres across the city. In a tweet, the BMC said, “Dear Mumbaikars, Please note that all BMC and government vaccination centres will remain closed tomorrow (July 1, 2021). We apologise for the inconvenience. Please watch this space for updates regarding vaccination centres and schedules.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the ‘Jahan vote, Wahan vaccination’ campaign. “Under this campaign, we will tell people to visit their designated polling stations to get vaccinated. Door-to-door vaccinations are to be conducted soon. In 4 weeks, all above 45 years of age to be vaccinated,” he said.
In an unprecedented show of solidarity, the CEOs of 40 US companies including Deloitte, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have created the first-ever country-specific task force to help coordinate resources and fight COVID-19 in India. This US public-private partnership aims to bring 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India within the next few weeks, along with other critical medical supplies and vaccines.