BENGALURU: Karnataka State Drugs Logistics and Warehousing Society (KSDLWS) has received over 10,000 anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) vials from the Kerala government after manufacturers remained cold to three tenders floated by the society. Karnataka, which faced a shortage of the vaccine, had written to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, seeking help in procuring the drug. The Kerala government responded by providing 10,000 shots of anti-rabies injection and 2,000 vials of immunoglobulin injection, while the Tamil Nadu government agreed to supply over 5,000 vials of anti-rabies injection.KSDLWS says the supply from Kerala has been distributed among districts in the state, but the stock is only expected to last a couple of months. Officials say only a few companies manufacture the drug in the country. “Since we have limited stock we have asked all taluk and district health officers to procure the vaccine locally from dealers as well,” said Pankaj Kumar Pandey, health commissioner. “There are only four major manufacturers of ARV in the country and the Centre has told us there is a shortage at many states. We called tenders thrice, but manufacturers had cited lack of production capacity as the reason for not participating. We have now invited them for discussions and are trying to establish a price contract.” Rabies has claimed over 60 lives in the state over the past three years, figures show. Karnataka saw 789 cases of rabies between 2016 and 2018 — there were 22 deaths in 2016, 15 in 2017 and 23 in 2018, data from the department of health and family welfare shows. Districts like Yadgir, which saw 175 rabies cases in 2017, and Haveri, which saw 170, continue to be the worst affected. ARV, administered after a dog bite to prevent infection, works only 14-15 days later. immunoglobulin, meanwhile, is administered in cases where the victim has grievous injuries accompanied by bleeding.