With India fast-tracking its immunization drive against COVID-19, it has now pipped the US in terms of the total number of doses administered so far. The development comes even though the US started its vaccination drive ahead of India.
As per the latest data, India has so far administered 32.36 core doses against 32.33 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the US. Notably, after slowing down in May when India opened vaccination for the 18-44 age group, the total number of daily doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have gradually increased.
Earlier this month, India administered 86.13 lakh COVID-19 jabs in a day—the highest so far since the vaccination drive began in January.
Nearly 5.6 per cent of the adults in India have so far been vaccinated with both doses. However, in the United States, over 40 per cent of the country’s population has received both doses.
India administered over 3 crore, 91 lakh vaccine doses in the last one week after a new policy was brought into force. “This milestone vaccination figure outnumbers the population of many countries like Canada, Malaysia & Saudi Arabia,” a tweet by the health ministry read.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning tweeted: “India’s vaccination drive keeps gaining momentum! Congrats to all those who are driving this effort. Our commitment remains vaccines for all, free for all.”
COVID-19 situation in India
The health ministry on Monday informed that 46,148 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 3.02 crore.
Also, 979 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 3,96,730.
Of the over 3.02 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 5.72 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 1.89 per cent of the total caseload. Over 2.93 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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