New Delhi: India becomes one of the fastest countries to administer 13 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in just 95 days leaving behind the US that took 101 days to administer 13 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while China took 109 days to cross the same number, said the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 13,01,19,310 with 29,90,197 vaccine doses being given in a span of 24 hours, according to data updated at 7 am.
Eight states, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala, 59.33 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.
To note, the countrywide ambitious vaccination drive against Covid-19 was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated and vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) starting from February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
From April 1, India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45, while expanding its vaccination drive from Monday to inoculate everyone above 18 years eligible to be vaccinated from May 1.