In a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, India has administered over 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines across the country in just 85 days, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday.
The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,12,84,282 as per the provisional report at 8 pm Saturday.
While the US administered 92.09 million doses in 85 days and China’s vaccination coverage was 61.42 million in 85 days.
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India is also the fastest country in the world to achieve the 100 million vaccination mark. India is the fastest compared to the US and China, which vaccinated 100 million in 89 days and 103 days, respectively.
The extension of vaccine coverage to those above 45 years along with the recent provisions for them to get vaccinated at their workplaces (govt and private) form a series of pro-active, collaborative and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and the State governments for safety and prevention of precious lives from the infectious COVID disease. This along with the efficient clinical management has thus far ensured that India has the lowest fatality rate in the world (1.28%).
The achievement is also a testimony of the ‘whole of society’ approach where individuals turned a deaf ear to rumours and propaganda of vested interests, shunned their vaccine hesitancy and strengthened the hand of the administration in curbing COVID-19. The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.