The VCE says it is “distributing vaccine to approximately 2,000 to 3,200 districts in three states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal,” according to a statement by VCE spokesperson Manish Kumar.
The statement says the company also plans to distribute 2,200 doses of the vaccine to all the districts that received the vaccine in January.
The statement says that it has “encouraged and supported the administration of the VCE’s vaccine to the districts in accordance with its vaccine distribution guidelines and the regulatory requirements of the government.”
The statement also says that the company will provide an update on its distribution schedule on May 8.
On April 5, the VSE launched its first commercial-scale vaccine production in India.
It said the first batch of vaccine was shipped to its supply chain on April 5.
The vaccine was manufactured by the company’s new plant in Bangalore.VCE had initially been scheduled to release the first vaccine in October, but the company decided to delay the rollout to accommodate “the ongoing outbreak and subsequent closure of the Bangalore facility,” according a VCE statement.
India’s largest health insurance provider, the Government Pension Fund (GPP), had earlier said that it would be supplying the vaccine for free to the Indian public on March 1.
The government had also ordered a total of 18 million doses of Covid vaccine to be distributed by May 8, which was the date of the announcement of the nationwide distribution of the virus vaccine.