Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian in Delhi to urge Centre to boost vax supply | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Health minister Ma Subramanian left for New Delhi on Wednesday to put pressure on the Union health ministry for more vaccines for Tamil Nadu. Though the average number of vaccinations a day has improved, the state still has to cover more than 10 crore doses. The minister said he would ask the health ministry to make up for the unequal distribution by increasing supply by another two crore doses, he said.
CM M K Stalin had earlier requested PM Narendra Modi to provide one crore doses immediately as a special allocation. This will be discussed on priority at the meeting on Thursday afternoon, Subramaniam told reporters at Chennai airport on Wednesday. Asked if three firms have approached to manufacture vaccines at HLL Biotech unit at Chengalpet, Subramanian said, “We will be stressing on the need to start vaccine manufacturing at Chengalpet and Coonoor Pasteur Institute as early as possible.” The HLL unit, established at 700 crore, has been lying idle for more than a decade and tenders floated (inviting bids to use the premises for manufacturing vaccines) attracted no response.
After reporting more than 3 lakh vaccinations for the past two days, TN reported a drop in vaccination rate. On Wednesday, the state administered 2,07,259 doses – 1,57,689 doses of Covishield and 49,570 doses of Covaxin. This took the total vaccination figure to 1.7 crore. According to Union health ministry data, roughly 30 lakh people in TN received both doses. This is less than 5% of the state’s population. Some districts reported an acute shortage for a second dose of Covaxin. When the announcement on Covaxin being available broke, people thronged vaccine camps. For instance, more than 2,000 people arrived at a Pudukkottai centre, which had only 500 doses in stock.
In Chennai city limits, people were sent back from corporation vaccine centres on Wednesday due to shortage.


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