State needs 1 lakh dose per day, seeks permission to directly import Covid vaccine: Uttarakhand

  • | Tuesday | 11th May, 2021

 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat Monday inaugurated the vaccination drive for people above 18 years of age.

Amid rising cases of Covid-19, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash on Monday said the state needs one lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine per day.

Addressing a joint press conference here yesterday, Prakash stated that the state government has requested the central government to allow the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines from abroad.

"We need 1 lakh vaccine doses per day. We have written to the Central Government to ask if the state government can import the vaccine directly from other countries. Meanwhile, we have decided to start a mobile testing van very soon. The vehicle will go to remote rural areas to identify the patients and check them for Covid-19 there itself. This will save them the hassle of going to the city for Covid-19 testing," said the Chief Secretary.

Prakash further informed that oxygen beds currently in use in the state get 126 metric tonnes of oxygen per day as against the actual requirement of 130 metric tonnes.

He stated that hospitals are generating five metric tonnes of oxygen, adding that more oxygen plants are coming up in the medical facilities of the state which will increase the oxygen production capacity of the state by four metric tonnes.

The Uttarakhand government had on Sunday imposed a state-wide lockdown till May 18 in light of the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases.

"Uttarakhand government has decided to impose `Covid Curfew` between 6 am on May 11 and 6 am on May 18 across the state to contain the spread of the disease. Essential services will be allowed during this period," Uniyal had said.


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