A top health official said, the next phase of vaccination for 18 years and above will not begin in Bihar from May 1, 2021.
On Thursday, Manoj Kumar, executive director of Bihar State Health Society said that Serum Institute of India had refused to supply one crore vials of the vaccine demanded by the Bihar government. Instead, the Institute wanted the state government to place its monthly requirement.
As per Kumar, the SII has informed the central government that it was difficult to meet the demand as several states had placed their orders simultaneously. “The central government has, therefore, decided to make a population-based quota for vaccine supply for states. So, the vaccination would not start from May 1.