India says it has millions of COVID-19 vaccines in hand, denies shortage

India has so far administered more than 90mln doses

  
Healthcare workers arrive with doses of COVISHIELD, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, to be administered to workers of a brick kiln at Kavitha village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, April 8, 2021.

Healthcare workers arrive with doses of COVISHIELD, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, to be administered to workers of a brick kiln at Kavitha village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, April 8, 2021.

Reuters/Amit Dave

NEW DELHI - India's health minister said on Thursday the country had more than 43 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in stock or in the pipeline, after many states complained of having to close inoculation centres due to a lack of supplies.

"Let’s put an end to fear mongering now!" Harsh Vardhan said on Twitter. "Where does question of shortages arise We're continuously monitoring & enhancing supply."

India has so far administered more than 90 million doses.

(Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Toby Chopra) ((Krishna.Das@tr.com; +91 987111 8314;))

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