The COVID-19 epidemic in India has become more severe recently, and there is a shortage of vaccine in many places.A hospital in the Rajasthan state, has reported the theft of 320 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine.
The 320 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, made by Bharat Biotech, were stolen while being transported from a cold storage facility to a vaccine centre, India Today reported on April 14.The hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where the theft took place, the concerned party said “we were shocked to find that 320 doses of the vaccine were missing”.
Jaipur’s chief medical officer, K. K. Sharma, said the hospital informed him of the incident on the evening of Wednesday and believed that the theft took place on Thursday. He said: “This is a surprising incident which we are now seeking to investigate and which the police have registered as well.The missing 320 doses were packed in 32 vials, each containing 10 doses.
Last week, Ashok Grote, chief minister of Rajasthan, had issued a strong protest over the state’s vaccine shortage, saying the state did not have enough stocks to continue vaccination efforts and vaccination would have to be halted in many places, Indian media said.He also said India’s National Vaccine Center was wrong to claim that the country had no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, and called for information on vaccine availability.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India has risen to 140,744,564, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health on Friday.India recorded 200,739 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, the largest increase in a single day.There were 1,038 new deaths and a total of 173,123 deaths.