BCG Vaccine Strategy for India

December 4, 2021

Total adult population in India is around 930 – 40 million, which would require 1.86 – 1.88 billion vaccine doses. Of this, 516 million doses would be available with the administration by July 31, leaving a requirement of about 1.35 billion doses. By July 7 2021, 360 million doses had been administered across the country, although only 7.2% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

Needless to say, the government’s target of vaccinating India’s entire adult population by the year’s end is a path filled with many uncertainties. India’s vaccination rates have been vacillating tremendously, dropping from a high of ~ 3.5 million daily doses in April to a low of ~ 1.3 million in mid May, to the all-time high of ~ 5.6 million daily doses in June (all three figures are weekly averages). To administer the remaining 1.51 billion doses in the next six months, the daily rate of vaccination would have to be maintained at ~ 8.72 million doses.

The drastic increase required in vaccination rates is impeded by several problems like vaccine availability, storage and transportation logistics, and wastage, among others. Reeling from the impact of a devastating second wave and accounting for the possibility of an equally devastating third wave, India needs to urgently prioritize the maximization of its vaccination rates.


Community Based Care & Support for COVID-19

Swasti works with the most poor and marginalized communities in India partnering them to make health and well-being real. To break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, it is imperative to provide the most marginalized with practical solutions to isolate and receive care through, Community Care Centers, Home quarantine kits and HelloSwasti

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