A batch of 320 doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, was stolen from a hospital in Jaipur on 14 April. Thirty-two vials of Covaxin were stolen on way to the vaccine centre from the cold storage.
A vial of the Covaxin contains 10 doses of the vaccine. Thirty-two vials, therefore, contained 320 doses of the vaccine that went missing during transit.
After the incident at the Kanwatiya Hospital in Shastri Nagar of Jaipur, the hospital superintendent has registered a case with the police.
The hospital authorities informed the Jaipur chief medical and health officer about the theft on Tuesday night following which an FIR was lodged on 14 April. “I was informed last night that the doses have been stolen. It is surprising. A police case has been registered in this regard,” said Dr Narottam Sharma, Jaipur CMHO.
The vaccines were stolen apparently on 11 April, Dr Sharma said. He said the case had been registered by the hospital superintendent, Dr L Harshvardhan, on 14 April. Dr Sharma said a departmental probe has been ordered into the theft too. The hospital authority registered an FIR about the theft of 32 vials of corona vaccine from storage.
Shastri Nagar police station’s SHO Dilip Singh said that the case was registered against unidentified persons under IPC sections and the matter is being investigated.
The opposition BJP, meanwhile, targeted the state government over the issue. Party state president Satish Poonia said it is big negligence on the part of the state government.
The anti-Covid-19 vaccines getting stolen exposes the health arrangements of the state government, Poonia said.
Last week, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot raised a hue and cry over vaccine shortage in the state and said Rajasthan has insufficient stocks to carry on with the vaccination drive.
Gehlot had said that the number of Covid-19 doses available in Rajasthan is insufficient to carry on vaccination and the drive will have to be stopped in many districts.
The chief minister claimed that the union government’s claim of no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in the country was wrong and demanded that a status report on the availability of doses be made public.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan has become the second state after Maharashtra to administer more than 10 million doses of the vaccine. Till 10 Aprl, 99.83 lakh doses were administered and the figure has crossed the 10 million mark now.