A total of 1,055,160 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied to the Northeastern states till February 1, said Union minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

He said the government has sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccine available for the on-going phase of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

“The existing cold storage facilities under the Universal Immunization Programme have been further strengthened and are being used for storing COVID-19 vaccine. The available storage space is sufficient to store COVID-19 vaccines already supplied to states and UTs,” said Chaubey.

Arunachal Pradesh has been provided with 62,000 doses, Assam 6,08,160, Manipur 1,02,000, Meghalaya 69,000, Mizoram 35,000, Nagaland 49,500, Sikkim 26,500 and Tripura has been provided with 1,03,000 number of doses.

The COVID-19 vaccination has been rolled out in the country from January 16 in a phased manner starting with prioritised groups of health care workers and frontline workers.

The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine is being done simultaneously across all states and UTs.

He further said the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) has facilitated service provision for HIV and AIDS and related co-morbidities like Tuberculosis during the COVID-19 pandemic to all persons registered with the various facilities under the programme.

“NACO issued guidance notes to all State and Union Territories AIDS Control Societies (SACS) to ensure continuity of service provisions as much as possible through differentiated modalities like multi-month dispensation of Anti-retroviral treatment (ART), community-based screening for HIV and decentralized options for management,” Chaubey said.

He said that necessary actions were taken to ensure unhindered movements of front-line workers and vehicles towards emergency relocations and delivery of medicines to people living with HIV and AIDS.

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