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COVID-19 cases across Odisha as many as 700 vaccine session sites have been shut in state

Bhubaneswar:8/4/21; Amidst sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across Odisha, as many as 700 vaccine session sites have been shut in the State due to ‘insufficient’ and ‘erratic’ vaccine supply.

“The massive vaccination drive has been halted in the State. A day after 400 vaccine centers were shut, 700 session sites have been closed on Wednesday due to shortage of vaccine,” informed Odisha Health and Family Welfare Director Bijay Panigrahi today.

On Wednesday, a total of 1,10,889 doses of the COVID vaccine has been administered to the beneficiaries. While 4,35,320 doses of Covishield vaccine are in stock, 1,14,490 doses of Covaxin jab are available in the State.

“We estimate that the stock of 4,35,320 doses of Covishield and 1,14,490 doses of Covaxin will be exhausted in two to three days. We need 25 lakh vaccines for the next 10 days. The vaccination drive was completely shut in Koraput district on Wednesday,” Panigrahi further said.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has written to the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and informed him about the stock of COVID vaccines in the State.

However, the Centre has rejected the claims by the States, calling these “baseless allegations”.

Dr Harsh Vardhan alleged that the States were trying to cover their “failures” and spread panic among the people by demanding vaccination for all without first inoculating enough of the eligible beneficiaries.

The Centre has directed to set up vaccination centres at workplaces from April 11. So far, 38,52,206 vaccinations have completed in the State.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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