India fastest country to give 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots
India launched the world's largest vaccination campaign on January 16 this year
India has become the fastest country in the world to administer 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to official data released on Saturday evening, India achieved the feat in 85 days whereas the US took 89 days and China reached the milestone in 102 days.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted:
“Strengthening the efforts to ensure a healthy and COVID-19 free India” along with the details.
Over 35 lakh (3.5 million) vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
Cumulatively, 10, 15, 95,147 (over 101 million) vaccine doses have been administered through 15, 17,963 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Sunday.
These include 90,04,063 Healthcare Workers or HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 55,08,289 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose; 99,53,615 Frontline Workers or FLWs (1stdose), 47,59,209 FLWs (2nddose); 3,96,51,630 1st dose beneficiaries and 18,00,206 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old, and 3,02,76,653 (1st dose) and 6,41,482 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60.
In terms of the number of daily doses administered globally, India continues to remain at the top with an average of 38, 34,574 doses administered per day, the health ministry said. The daily vaccine dose average for the US is 31, 11,327, followed by Brazil at 7, 81,886.
India launched what has been described as the world's largest vaccination campaign on January 16 this year.
Beginning with Healthcare Workers, the first phase of India's Covid-19 vaccination soon included Frontline Workers as well.
On March 1, under the second phase, the vaccination drive was expanded to cover people more than 60 years old and those above 45 with specified co-morbodities.
Beginning April 1, everyone above 45 years of age became eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccine shots.