As of Monday, 75 crore doses of Coronavirus vaccination had been administered in India, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. Mandaviya linked the 75th anniversary of India's independence to 75 crore doses administered in a tweet. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, the vaccination drive in India created new dimensions, he stated.
Lauding the entire country for the achievement, Mandaviya tweeted, “With PM Narendra Modi's mantra of 'Sabka Saath - Sabka Prayas', the world's largest vaccination drive is achieving new heights. India has crossed the landmark of 75 crore vaccinations as India entered into the 75th year of Independence”.
As directed by India's ministry of health, 53,38,945 vaccine doses were administered in the final 24 hours. More than 67 lakh (67,04,768) vaccine doses were administered till 5:30 pm on Monday. Furthermore, the ministry stated that the Centre is dedicated to accelerating the tempo and expanding the scope of vaccination against Covid-19.
The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) has also congratulated India for achieving the 75-crore vaccination mark. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, said, "WHO congratulates India for scaling up Covid-19 vaccination at an unprecedented pace. While it took 85 days to administer the first 100 million doses, India reached 750 million doses from 650 million in just 13 days."
As of now, adult residents of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh and Lakshadweep have all had at least one booster dose of the vaccine.
Mandaviya stated that India took 85 days to reach 10 crores in vaccinations mark, 45 more days to reach 20 crores, and 29 days to reach 30 crores of vaccinations. He added that it took solely 13 days to succeed in 70 crores from 60 crores on September 7.
On January 16, a nationwide vaccination drive was launched. The nation launched vaccination for all individuals aged above 45 from April 1. Following that, the federal government decided to extend the vaccination program to all adults over 18 beginning on May 1.
According to the ministry, vaccinations are being recurrently reviewed and monitored at the top degree in an effort to guard the most susceptible populations within the nation.
Consultants predict that approximately 60 per cent of India’s inhabitants must be fully vaccinated (with each dose) by the top of the year to stop a 3rd wave of the pandemic. In order to achieve that, vaccinations must be administered 12 million doses daily. However, at this rate, only 43 per cent of the population are likely to be immunized by December. As of December 31, the goal was to vaccinate the entire adult population.
A milestone was reached when India administered more than 1 crore Covid vaccine doses on August 27. Since there are around 94 crore adults in India, 188 crore doses of Covid vaccine must be administered to completely vaccinate them because the three Covid vaccines being administered in India – Covishield by the Serum Institute of India, Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Russian vaccine Sputnik V – are two shot vaccines.
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