The projected shortfall will complicate plans to inoculate at least 70% of the country’s 69 million people this year as Thailand battles record-high cases.
The government on Friday conceded that the figure revised to 135 crore doses in the Supreme Court may be more realistic.
A huge 2 crore gap between total Covid vaccines available and actual inoculations in May has prompted experts to raise doubts over Centre’s assertion of 12 crore doses being available in June.
It said that the current production capacity of Covaxin, which is 1 crore per month, will be doubled by May-June and then increased 6-7 fold by July – August.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin’s recent visit to the Chengalpattu complex has brought in a ray of hope.
The projected doses include 75 crore doses of Covishield, 55 crore doses of Covaxin and 15.6 crore doses of Sputnik V whose local production will begin from July.
Ramesh said it was clear to the panel from the submissions made by the govt that the current production would be inadequate to meet demand for vaccines.
Amid spiralling coronavirus cases in the country, the demand for medical oxygen in the country has gone through the roof.