Guwahati: Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and vaccine shortage, Assam on Thursday received a fresh stock of 2 lakh doses of Covishield, said a senior health official.

The vaccine supply fell to 1,12,000 on April 14, of which 80,000 were Covaxin when the state sought an emergency supply of 19 lakh doses (18 lakh Covishield and 1 lakh Covaxin).

“Today, we received 2 lakh dose of Covishield. We have been promised more doses, but when it will come is not clear,” said the health official.

On April 1, Assam recorded only 58 cases of coronavirus infection, and on April 14, the fresh case count is at 385. A day before, the 590 COVID-19 cases were reported across Assam. The positivity rate has gone up from 0.47% to 1.28%.

Currently, there are 3,200 active cases in the state.

The inoculation process in Assam has been low in the past couple of days due to Bihu, and low vaccine availability. However, it is expected to pick up in the next 2-3 days.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Tika Utsav from April 11 to 14, only 63,215 people received COVID-19 jabs in Assam, as per the NHM data.

On the last day of the Utsav, only 4,937 people received COVID shots.

The high-powered campaign and voting for Assam Assembly elections concluded recently. The polls were held in three phases – March 27, April 1 and April 6. Votes will be counted on May 2.



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