New Delhi, July 28 -- Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday reiterated the demand for more vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) saying a majority of the cases are from the western state and the death rate due to the viral disease is also high.

Despite becoming the first state in India to administer both doses of the vaccine to more than 10 million eligible beneficiaries, Maharashtra continues to suffer from a shortage of doses.

The Covid-19 vaccination drive was suspended several times across cities and districts due to the shortage, affecting the inoculation rate. Till now, the state has vaccinated 42,352,467 beneficiaries of which 3,19,89,665 have received the first dose and the remaining 10,362,802 have ...