India administers 70 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses
New Delhi, Sep 07: In yet another milestone, India has administered 70 crore vaccine doses till now, including 10 crore doses administered in just 13 days.
The coronavirus has to be defeated and vaccination is the way to victory, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
"Soaring higher on COVID-19 vaccination under PM (Prime Minister) @NarendraModi ji''s leadership. 70,00,00,000 vaccine doses administered to date," he tweeted.
Soaring higher on #COVID19 vaccination under PM @NarendraModi ji's leadership.— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 7, 2021
vaccine doses administered to date
Congratulations to all the health workers and people for this momentous achievement. #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine pic.twitter.com/g7xA0iAhpJ
Congratulations to all health workers and people for this momentous achievement, he said.
India took 85 days to touch 10 crore vaccinations, 45 days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach 30 crore, Mandaviya said.
The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore, he said on Twietter.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.
Cumulatively, 27,64,10,694 people in the 18-44 age group have received their first dose and 3,57,76,726 the second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.
A total of 1,05,76,911 doses were administered on Monday, officials said, adding that the figure is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.
The country has so far vaccinated 53,29,27,201 beneficiaries for the first dose and 16,39,69,127 for the second dose.