Amidst the rise in Covid-19 cases and starting of the vaccination drive for the precaution dose for senior citizens, frontline workers and doctors, Maharashtra is currently facing a shortage of Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, on Wednesday.
He was quoted saying, “There is a shortage of Covaxin in Maharashtra. We're getting calls from district authorities in this regard. In the VC with Union health minister, we demanded 50 lakh doses of Covishield and 40 lakh doses of Covaxin to ramp up vaccination.” Maharashtra on Wednesday inoculated 14,08,96,908 people against the COVID-19 virus.
Maharashtra on Wednesday, recorded 46,723 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the number of active cases to 2,40,122. Besides, 32 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the day.
86 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus were detected in Maharashtra on Wednesday. The total number of Omicron infected patients in the state are 1367. Out of these, 734 cases have been discharged following a negative RT-PCR test.
Maharashtra, having active Covid-19 cases of 2,06,046 and weekly positivity rate of 21.39% has become a “state of concern”. The state cabinet chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray, admitted that it was an alarming situation, and decided to focus on tracking, tracing, testing and vaccination- above all, strict implementation of curbs introduced to control crowding.