The Centre has started despatching the imported A (H1N1) influenza prevention vaccine to the States and paramilitary forces.
The largest chunk of 1,24,200 doses was sent to Karnataka followed by 80,400 doses to Andhra Pradesh from the Government Medical Store Depot (GMSD) at Mumbai on Monday and Tuesday, according to an official press release.
The Drugs Controller-General of India cleared the imported vaccines, manufactured by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur last week. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will import 4 million doses of vaccine until the Indian drug companies start marketing their vaccines next month.
The Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Force have also picked up their consignment of 2,400 and 1,600 doses respectively from GMSD in Delhi on Monday.
Tamil Nadu will receive 20,000 doses, Kerala (45,600), Goa (15,000), Puducherry (8,900), Lakshadweep (400), Madhya Pradesh (23,700), Gujarat (33,200), West Bengal (65,300), Bihar (27,000), Chhattisgarh (17,000), and Sikkim (3,100).