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.


Get us to the finish line of completing a 90-bed hospital for Government of Karnataka

Swasti is setting up a 90 bed modular hospital within the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, which will function as part of the existing Institute. This facility will be used for care provision for COVID in the coming year and in future will provide care for people who come to this facility; it is right next to 2 other Govt. hospitals (NIMHANS and Sanjay Gandhi Trauma Centre)

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