The southern states of India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, were the latest to postpone Saturday’s planned national distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations, citing a shortage of shots.
As of Saturday, everyone over the age of 1
On Friday, Telangana’s director of public health, Dr. G. Srinavasa Rao, wrote on Twitter that the state would not vaccinate people over the weekend because it had not received doses.
In neighboring Andhra Pradesh, officials acknowledged that it was “practically impossible” to start vaccinating people over the age of 18 due to limited supplies.
“If we have to fulfill our commitment to the former batch of the age group, it will definitely take the whole of May,” Anil Kumar Singhal, Andra Pradesh’s chief health minister, said on Friday.
At least seven countries and territories are facing shortages that are affecting the planned introduction of vaccines.
Although some are run by opposition party governments, they also include Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, both populated countries run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party.
But not all Indian states are facing problems.
Kerala, where the first case of coronavirus in India was discovered in January 2020, said the pursuit of vaccination would continue.
State Secretary Pinaray Vijayan tweeted Wednesday that he had purchased an additional 10 million doses over the next three months. Those who need their second dose will also be given priority, and “Kerala’s quest for vaccination will continue without interruption,” he added.