India took only 92 days to reach 12 crore vaccinations, the fastest country to do so, while the US took 97 days and China 108 days

Continuing with the vaccination drive, the number of vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 12 crore on Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, cumulatively, 12,26,22,590 vaccine doses have been administered through 18,15,325 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.

These include 91,28,146 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 57,08,223 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,12,33,415 FLWs (1stdose), 55,10,238 FLWs (2nddose), 4,55,94,522 1st dose beneficiaries and 38,91,294 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 4,04,74,993 (1st dose) and 10,81,759 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.

As per the Ministry, eight states account for 59.5% of the total doses given so far in the country. The four States of Gujarat (1,03,37,448), Maharashtra (1,21,39,453), Rajasthan (1,06,98,771) and UP (1,07,12,739) have so far administered more than 1 Crore doses each to their population.

Gujarat completed 1 Crore vaccinations on April 16 while the other three states achieved it on April 14.

India took only 92 days to reach 12 crore vaccinations, the fastest country to do so. It is followed by the US which took 97 days and China (108 days).

As on Day-92 of the vaccination drive (17th April, 2021), 26,84,956 vaccine doses were given. 20,22,599 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 39,998 sessions for 1st dose and 6,62,357 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine.

In the meanwhile, 2,61,500 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours across the country.

Ten States including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan report 78.56% of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 67,123. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 27,334 while Delhi reported 24,375 new cases.

Keeping in mind the growing demand of oxygen supply, Indian railways is getting fully ready to transport Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and oxygen cylinders across the key corridors.

Availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of certain medical conditions in the Covid infection.

It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments had approached the Ministry of Railways to explore whether Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tankers could be moved by railways.