16:32 GMT17 June 2021
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    At a time when the country is grappling with a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, data shared by the federal Health Ministry on Wednesday showed that some states are wasting up to 30 percent of the total allocation of vaccines.

    The Indian states of Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh have alleged that data shared by the Health Ministry on vaccine wastage is "incorrect".

    As per the federal Health Ministry, Jharkhand has wasted 37.3 percent of its vaccines, Chhattisgarh — 30.2 percent, Tamil Nadu —15.5 percent, Jammu and Kashmir — 10.8 percent and Madhya Pradesh 10.7 percent. The ministry claimed the national average of vaccine wastage is 6.3 percent.

    Releasing the figures, the ministry urged to keep the wastage percentage below one percent. At present, the Indian government is allocating vaccines to states, depending on utilisation. In April, the government allowed state governments and private players to buy vaccines directly from manufacturers, but many states still prefer to buy from the federal government because the cost of procurement is lower than direct purchase from vaccine manufacturers.

    Chattisgarh's state chief later took to Twitter and said, the "data is mismatched".

    ​According to the Chhattisgarh Health Department, its vaccine wastage is 0.83% in the 45+ age group and 0.63% in the 18-44 year age group.

    Jharkhand has also refuted the federal Health Ministry's claim and clarified that its vaccine wastage is only 4.6 percent, not 37.3 percent. State Health Minister Banna Gupta said the centre is using "lies" and "deception" to "malign" the Jharkhand government. 

    "They calculate the figures as to how many doses distributed by the centre to the states and then how many beneficiaries are getting inoculated via the Cowin App", a senior official from the federal Health Ministry told Sputnik.

    Currently, all beneficiary data is uploaded to the Cowin App at the end of each day, either by the individuals themselves or by state officials. 

    "At the district level, this data is not always entered in the Cowin software. The states maintain spreadsheets manually. But, if it does not reflect in our system, we take it as wastage", the official further added. 

    This is not the first time the states have challenged the federal government's vaccine wastage statistics. Earlier in March, the Indian states of Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana contested when they were put at the top of the list.


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