NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul said in a Health Ministry briefing on Tuesday that the government had placed for 25 crore doses of Covishield to Serum Institute of India and 19 crore doses for Covaxin to Bharat Biotech Limited on 8th June.
This order is in addition to the vaccine orders already placed with both the manufacturers, said Dr Paul.
“These 44 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin (combined) will be available till December 2021, starting now. Additionally, 30% of advance for procurement of both the vaccines has been released to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech,” he said.
Dr Paul added that the government had also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E’s vaccine, which would be made available by September.
There has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new coronavirus cases in the country, the government said on Tuesday, but stressed on following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to avert any future wave.
In a joint press briefing on the pandemic situation, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said almost 79 per cent decline in daily new COVID-19 cases has been noted since the peak on May 7.
There has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new cases, he said on the second wave of COVID-19.
He said India has reported 20,822 coronavirus cases and 252 deaths per million population, which is among the lowest in the world.
The government also stressed on following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour till the population is vaccinated, to avert any future wave.