The government also said that more than 79.58 crore Covid-19 jabs have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said. Further, more than 15 lakh doses are in the pipeline. Over 5.43 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
The Supreme Court has sought Centre’s response in two weeks on a PIL seeking door-to-door vaccination of persons with disability. The Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud issued notice to the Centre and also requested the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist it with regard to steps that have already been taken and that are to be taken to assuage their concerns.
“Since the plea raises substantial questions dealing with rights of the disabled, we issue notice to the Union of India. We would request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist us with regarding steps taken and steps which will be taken to assuage the concerns of petitioners. List this after two weeks,” the Bench reportedly stated in its order.