India had become the fastest country to achieve 4 million Covid-19 vaccinations in 18 days

In a significant achievement in the fight against Covid-19, over 4.5 million people have received COVID-19 vaccinations in the 19 days since the nationwide campaign was launched.

India had earlier become the fastest country to achieve 4 million COVID19 vaccinations in just 18 days.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 4,593,427 people had been immunized till 1.30 pm today.

At the same time, the number of active cases have dropped to under 1.6 lakhs and the recovery rate has crossed the 97 percent mark. The cumulative positivity rate for COVID-19 is now 5.42 and shows a declining trend.

Addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “India has become the fastest nation to reach 4 million COVID-19 vaccinations. It took only 18 days to administer the first 4 million vaccines. While we are doing the immunization of healthcare and frontline workers across the country, we are using 1,239 private vaccination session sites. At the same time, we are using 5912 public hospitals as vaccination sites”.

The number of beneficiaries being vaccinated every day has also shown a progressive increase.

In the last 24 hours, 3,10,604 people were vaccinated across 8,041 sessions. 84,617 sessions have been conducted so far. Of the total beneficiaries vaccinated, 54.87 percent are from seven states.

Explaining about the assessment system, a feedback mechanism practiced through the Co-Win platform, Bhushan said that a personalized SMS sent to all beneficiaries a day after vaccination.

"A total of 97 percent of people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are satisfied The results are based on the feedback registered by vaccinated people. Out of 37,10,34,000 people, 5,12,128 have responded," he said

"Madhya Pradesh ranks first in immunizing the state's healthcare workers; praiseworthy performance. The state has been immunized 73 percent of its health care workers in just 18 days," he added.

Bhushan asserted, "There is a very structured and robust system of AEFI monitoring in this country. It has been further strengthened given the COVID19 vaccination. We have 8,563 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) so far when we have done vaccination in lakhs. This is 0.18 percent of vaccinated people."

Meanwhile, India’s total Active Caseload has dropped to 1.55 lakhs (1,55,025).

India’s present active caseload now consists of just 1.44 percent of the country’s total Positive Cases.

"India's COVID-19 cumulative positivity rate is 5.42 percent and it is continuously declining. The COVID-19 positivity rate last week was at 1.82 percent. Two states have 70 percent of the active cases, Kerala and Maharashtra. Only Maharashtra and Kerala have more than 35,000 active COVID-19 cases. A total of 47 districts have not reported new COVID19 cases in the last 3 weeks and 251 districts have not reported any COVID-related deaths in the last 3 weeks," Bhushan said.

About the recoveries, the Health Ministry said the total recovered cases stand at 1,04,80,455

The difference in New Recoveries outnumbering New Cases has also improved the Recovery Rate to 97.13 percent. The total recovered cases are 67.6 times the active cases.

Of the new recovered cases, 86.04 percent are observed to be concentrated in six States and Union Territories.

Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single-day recoveries with 7,030 newly recovered cases. 6,380 people recovered in Kerala in the past 24 hours followed by 533 in Tamil Nadu.

Six states and UTs account for 71.03 percent of the new deaths.

Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (30). Kerala follows with 20 daily deaths. Both West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have reported 7 casualties.