Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday, that the Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to deliver 1.5 crore doses of Covishield to Maharashtra after May 20.
“Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised the Chief Minister to deliver 1.5 crore doses of Covishield to Maharashtra after May 20. We will start the vaccination for the 18-44 years age group after we receive the vaccine,” Rajesh Tope said.
However, the Maharashtra state cabinet held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the COVID management.
“At the Cabinet meeting, the health department and other ministers proposed to extend the lockdown for 15 days. The Chief Minister will take a final decision on this matter,” Tope said.
Maharashtra has suspended the COVID vaccination for the 18-44 years, age group, temporarily due to the unavailability of vaccines.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 46,781 new COVID-19 cases, and 816 deaths, the health department said. The caseload increased to 52,26,710, while the death toll reached 78,007, it said. The state now has 5,46,129 active cases.
As many as 58,805 patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 46,00,196. Meanwhile, the active number of COVID cases in Maharashtra stands at 5,46,129. With the new fatalities, the COVID death toll in Maharashtra has mounted to 78,007