India, April 28 -- Vaccination centres in Madhya Pradesh will remain suspended on Thursday and Friday to conduct dry runs for the third phase of the vaccination drive, which will begin starting May 1 for people aged above 18 years.

"All vaccination sessions will remain suspended in Madhya Pradesh on April 29 and April 30 so that planning, training and dry run can be undertaken for the inoculation drive for people between 18 years and 44 years of age," Madhya Pradesh government official associated with the vaccination drive was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Madhya Pradesh which is facing a surge in cases has so far vaccinated more than 800,000 people. The state logged 12,758 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday taking the tally...