This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian states & Malaysia covers news articles from May 10, 2021 – May 24, 2021.

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Delhi halts vaccination for 18+, CM says will take 30 months to cover city’s population at this rate

22nd May 2021 | Indian Express

As Delhi’s vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group came to a halt on May 22, Chief Minister said if vaccination in Delhi proceeds at its current pace, it will take 30 months to cover the entire population of the city. He also wrote to Prime Minister, suggesting ways to increase vaccine production. With cases in the city dipping, the state government has been emphasising on vaccination. But with supplies running out for the month, the process has now come to a halt. According to the CM, while Delhi got 1,600,000vaccines in May, it is expected to get only 800,000 in June.


Maharashtra to begin 24-hour COVID-19 vaccination ‘soon’

23rd May 2021 | Hindustan Times

Maharashtra to begin 24-hour vaccination once production increases in June said the Chief Minister. Maharashtra chief minister  on May 23 said that the vaccination for people aged between 18-44 years is temporarily suspended due to lack of smooth supply of vaccines.

Tamil Nadu

Street vendors, auto drivers, teachers to be prioritised in state’s 18+ vaccination drive

23rd May 2021 | The News Minute

The Tamil Nadu government on May 22 issued a government order stating its plan for vaccinating all those above 18 years of age. According to it, the state procured doses of vaccines will be administered free of cost to a few groups of people on a priority basis at Government COVID vaccination centres (CVC), Government Medical College Hospitals (MCH), District Headquarter Hospitals and one Public Health Centre per block. The government order mentions that the priority list has been made keeping in mind the limited availability of vaccines at present. The Tamil Nadu government has also directed the Department of Welfare of Differently Abled to organise specific camps for vaccination. The government had already announced that persons with disabilities, on the production of certificates, would be vaccinated without having to wait in a queue.


Karnataka resumes vaccination of 18-44 age group

22nd May 2021 | Deccan Herald

The state government commenced vaccination for 18-44 age group from May 22. To begin with, frontline workers and priority group workers will be vaccinated in all the districts. The decision came eight days after the government ordered the suspension of the vaccination drive for this group in the absence of adequate supply of vaccines.


Malaysia receives another batch of AstraZeneca, CoronaVac vaccines

21st May 2021 | New Straits Times

Malaysia received two batches of COVID-19 vaccines comprising 1,059,200 doses of AstraZeneca and CoronaVac COVID-19 inoculation jabs enhancing the country’s vaccination campaign capacity. The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said a total of 559,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which was made available from bookings through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. At the same time, 500,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd also arrived.

China to help Malaysia with COVID-19 vaccines

23rd May 2021 | The Star

China will help improve the COVID-19 vaccine production capacity of Malaysiathe first country to agree on a reciprocal vaccination arrangement with Chinaand encourage communications and cooperation between the two countries’ health departments and contagion control experts. Li, who held a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister, said that China also hopes Malaysia guarantees early inoculation of Chinese citizens in Malaysia.


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