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 ■ ■ BHUBANESWAR 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 demand 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 Augmenting medical O2, can’t have unlimited stock: Centre E x p r e s s N e w s Se 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. nouncement,” said public health expert Antony Kollannur. 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 vaccine makers. Technicians refilling oxygen cylinders to cater to the growing demand at a unit at Mancheswar in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday | Biswanath Swain NATIONWIDE April 26 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,52,991 2,19,272 2,812 Jab-o-meter 3,23,144 2,51,827 2,771 April 26 Take your shot April 27 31,74,688 doses 24,55,869 doses Total doses 14,77,27,054 end of an era Manoj Das passes away E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Puducherry/Chennai/Bhubaneswar One of the best storytellers of present times, the man who enchanted writers like Graham Greene to Ruskin Bond, Manoj Das passed away on Tuesday creating a void in the literary scene in India. He passed away at a Nursing Home in Puducherry on Tuesday He . was 87. Das, who was associated with Sri Aurobindo Ashram, was hospitalised for nearly a year at ashram nursing home for being terminally ill with cancer. Ashram sources said he breathed his last around 8-15 pm. Das was conferred the Padma Bhushan award last year for his Sharp bytes April 27 contribution in the field of Literature and Education. He was earlier conferred the Padma Shri in 2001. Das was a unique bilingual writer whose stories both in Odia language and English, were equally loved. Known for his simple, magical and impactful writings, if Das’s won hearts of Odisha’s village youths, he even managed to impress novelist Graham Greene too. The eminent English writer Graham Greene once said, “He will certainly take a place on my shelves besides the stories of Narayan. I imagine Odisha is far from Malgudi, but there is the same quality in his stories with perhaps an added CONTINUED ON: P5 mystery .” E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Apr 26 Apr 27 6,599 4,180 9 Govt to start real time bed mgmt system 6,073 4,089 10 Odisha projected to have 2.04 Lakh cases by May 15 AS new cases dropped for the second time in three days, the government projected that the State will see 2.04 lakh cases by May 15 in the second wave | P2 @ Bhubaneswar As Covid-19 positive cases spread rapidly in the second wave creating a rush for hospital beds, the State government has decided to introduce online real-time bed management system soon to provide accurate information on availability in dif ferent hospitals to people. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday to review the Covid-19 situation. Official sources said that steps are being taken to increase the number of beds in all the medical colleges and hospitals. Besides, all new private hospitals are also being converted to Covid hospitals. There are a total of 32,471 beds in the State as of now, and barring ICUs, as many as 17,495 have oxygen support. Stating that the fight against Covid-19 will be a long one, the Chief Minister said that even if there is one less infection, it reduces the pressure on the hospitals by one bed and one ICU. He said that the doctors and other medical staff are working relentlessly to provide best services to the patients and everybody should behave in a responsible manner to lessen pressure on the hospital system. CONTINUED ON: P5
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