India’s plan to immunize all adults is unravelling as a crippling shortage of covid vaccines prompted states to divert jabs for inoculating those between 18 to 44 to people who are 45 years or older, even as some states made desperate bids to secure supplies directly from foreign manufacturers.
Several state governments, including Telangana, Delhi and Karnataka, on Tuesday, said they planned to float global tenders to procure shots as supplies ran short. Maharashtra was the first to express such a desire.
“While we explore possibilities of globally procuring vaccines and also increasing vaccination centres to have one in every municipal ward, the road map for administering the second shot for every age group will be published soon,” tweeted Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s minister of tourism and environment.
Maharashtra on Tuesday said it is diverting covid-19 vaccines procured for inoculating those between the age of 18 and 44 to give a second dose to 45-plus beneficiaries.
“The decision has been taken in the wake of the short supply of vaccines for 45-plus…