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Historic milestone! India crosses 200 cr Covid vaccine doses in just 18 months

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: A year after India launched the world’s largest vaccination campaign against coronavirus, India has crossed a major milestone of delivering 2 billion vaccine doses. The country is trying to ramp up vaccination efforts amid global concerns over fresh Covid waves. Among Asian countries, Japan has recently seen a large increase in cases, while France has topped the global dashboard.

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PM Modi tweeted: “India creates history again! Congratulations to all Indians on crossing the 200 crore vaccine milestone. Proud of those who contributed to India’s vaccination campaign.” Unparalleled in scale and speed. It has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”

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Union Minister Bhagwant Khuba wrote, “India breaks 200 crore COVID vaccination mark. A historic moment, an inspirational journey achieved under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi ji. Our health workers fight against COVID (sic).” Thank you for his dedication to winning.”

It took 277 days to reach the earlier milestone of 100 crore doses. On September 17 last year, 2.5 crore vaccine doses were administered in a single day, the highest so far. At 4,37,50,599, India has the second highest overall cases in the world after the United States. The country has been recording more than 20,000 cases everyday for the last four days.

Health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said, “India has set a new record by completing the target of 200 crore vaccinations in just 18 months. Heartiest congratulations to all the countrymen on this achievement”. 98 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose, while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated, according to the Union Health Ministry data. According to data provided by Our World in Data, 62.1 percent of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Health ministry officials also said that 71 per cent of the vaccination has taken place in covid vaccination centres located in rural and 29 per cent in urban areas,reported. While 48.9 per cent of the total doses were administered to women, 51.5 per cent were administered to men. Even as India crosses a big milestone, the booster dose coverage has been a matter of concern. Only 8 per cent of the country’s total population has got the third shot against Covid so far, the government said earlier this week. On Friday, a 75-day campaign for free booster shots at government centres was launched countrywide in a bid to encourage people.

A total of 5,63,67,888 precaution doses have been administered to all eligible population.So far, less than one per cent of the target population of 77.10 crore in the 18-59 age group has been administered the precaution or booster dose.

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