CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ ■ tirupati l wednesday l april 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Floodgates to open with scarce supply Limited vax stock may cripple next phase launch; Sputnik V doses expected to arrive by May-end S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Even as the country is gearing up to open the floodgates of vaccination for all (18 years and above) from May 1, the drive may get off to a slow start owing to acute shortage of supply . The liberalised vaccination drive comes at a time when Covishield and Covaxin supply is limited. Already, in many states, those above 45 years are struggling to secure slots for their first or even second dose. Serum Institute, with a production capacity of 6 crore doses a month, and Bharat Biotech with a capacity of 1 crore doses, are too stretched to meet the huge demands even though all efforts are on to raise their production capacity quickly . Experts say the shortage will continue for some time as foreign supplies may not be available for several weeks. Sources said Russian vaccine Sputnik V may be available by May-end. According to health ministry officials, the Centre has procured over 17 crore vaccine doses so far and is looking to procure another 58 crore by September, which will be sufficient for the 34 crore-odd priority groups (45 years and above). States and private hospitals will have to arrange on their own for vaccinating those in the 18-44 year group. “Where is the vaccine for the youth? It is easy to make an an- Mumbai to give jab only at pvt hospitals Mumbai: Registered citizens in the age group between 18 and 44 years will get their Covid vaccines only at the vaccination centres of private hospitals for now, the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation said on Tuesday nouncement,” said public health expert Antony Kollanur. He feels vaccination for the 18-44 year age group should have opened only after completion of the second dose of health staff and frontline workers as well as completion of first dose of all above 45 years. India would need 188 crore vaccine doses considering its 94 crore adult population, says economist R Ramakumar. It may be a humongous challenge, however, to procure that many doses even by year-end as the government has not made any prior agreement with any foreign makers. A road in Tirupati, which was declared a red zone, wears a deserted look on Tuesday as shoppers down shutters by 2 pm | Madhav K NATIONWIDE April 26 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 27 3,52,991 2,19,272 2,812 Jab-o-meter April 26 Take your shot 3,23,144 2,51,827 2,771 April 27 31,74,688 doses 24,55,869 doses Total doses 14,77,27,054 Augmenting medical O2, can’t Carry in have unlimited stock: Centre hosps toout oxygen auditCM reduce wastage: covid review E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Tuesday submitted its national plan for Covid-19 preparedness before the Supreme Court, while saying it does not contain micro details on day-to-day management. The plan gives an overview of the distribution of essential supplies and services, and the efforts to procure medical oxygen from all available sources within and outside India. “The national plan, however, does not include microscopic details as to the day-to-day management of the issues arising out of different disasters,” the affidavit said. Explaining the medical oxygen situation, the affidavit said, the stock of the life-saving gas cannot be unlimited in any country “While the government . started all out efforts to augment oxygen resources..., these supplies are to be distributed to all the states, especially those which are critically burdened with high number of active Covid cases, in a balanced manner,” the home ministry’s affidavit said. It, however, warned that “any singular/isolated deviation in such plan for a particular state (either under a judicial order or otherwise) without keeping in mind the national availability and ever changing requirements of each state is bound to have a cascading effect on oxygen supply to other states.” On the Remdesivir situation, the 106-page affidavit said its production has been expedited. Taking suo motu cognisance of the issues arising out of the Covid-19 outbreak, the SC had directed the Centre to submit a national plan. During the hearing, a new bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud said it never proposed to interdict the high courts that are already seized of the matter, nor enter the executive domain. All it intended to do was to offer suggestions and solutions. The court named Jaideep Gupta and Meenakshi Arora as amicus curaie after Harish Salve recP7 used himself. E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said 320-340 MT of liquid oxygen is being supplied to hospitals a day on an average and it is sufficient for requirements of the State now. Taking stock of Covid-19 situation in the State at a review meeting on Tuesday, he said oxygen should be provided to those whose oxygen saturation level is below 94 points. Underlining the need to reduce oxygen wastage, he directed officials to carry out an oxygen audit in all hospitals so that Covid patients who really need oxygen can be accommodated. Jagan reiterated that vaccination of all the population at the earliest is the only solution to combat the pandemic effectively . “At present, seven crore doses of vaccine is being produced in the country per month. Of the total, one crore doses are Covaxin and the rest Covishield. As many as 11.30 lakh people above 45 years of age have been administered two shots of vaccine in the State so far, while 45.48 lakh people have taken the first dose. All the people in the age group of 18-45 in the State will be vaccinated free of cost,” the P5 Chief Minister said. E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e Sharp bytes @ Rajamahendravaram Looking at it from an Indian point of view, how are these companies and franchises spending so much money...on the IPL when there’s people not being able to get accepted into hospital? Andrew Tye, Rajasthan Royals pacer who left for Australia midway the IPL It’s challenging and things have to be managed for the players and staff, and we know the horrific nature of what’s happening outside the bubble. Eoin Morgan, KKR skipper Our IPL space: P11 AAP govt gets a rocket New Delhi: Angered over AAP government’s mismanagement of the Covid situation, the Delhi High Court said it will ask the Centre to take over ‘if you cannot manage it’ | P7 STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Apr 26 Apr 27 9,881 4,431 51 AKNU to offer online counselling 11,434 7,055 64 Flying squads raid 25 pvt hospitals Eighteen flying squads inspected 25 private hospitals across the State on Tuesday following complaints that they were charging more than the prescribed fee from Covid-19 patients Coming to the rescue of those who are in need of counselling to deal with mental health issues arising out of the second wave of Covid-19, Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU) has launched a free online psychological counselling service for the people of twin Godavari districts. Releasing a brochure of the free online counselling service here on Tuesday, AKNU Vice-Chancellor Mokka Jagannadha Rao said it will be available 24x7 for the people of twin Godavari districts. “As the State is grappling with the second wave of Covid, many people around us are experiencing fear and anxiety. The Department of Psychology has come forward to offer online counselling to the depressed people,’’ he said. Registrar T Ashok said the details of people who contacted them over phone, will be kept confidential. The doubts of people related to home isolation and issues of depression and stress triggered by coronavirus will be addressed,” the Vice-Chancellor said. Those who are in need of counselling can contact P Rajasekhar (9985594556), CVS Venkata Ramana (9885277749), CHNK Bhavani (8985726938) and NVV S Narayana (9246287989), he added.
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