A new record is set by India as it delivered more than 2 billion doses of the COVID vaccine on July 17. The nationwide vaccination campaign was launched on January 16, 2021.
On Sunday, India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination drive broke the 200 billion, a total of 2,00,00,15,631 doses had been given nationwide.
Since the campaign’s launch on January 16, 2021, it has taken the nation almost nine months to reach the 100-crore vaccine milestone and another nine months to reach the 200-crore vaccination mark.
Congratulations #India 🇮🇳 for administering over 2 billion #COVID19 vaccine 💉 doses – yet another evidence of the country’s commitment to minimize the impact of the #pandemic.#200CroreVaccinations #WellDoneIndia @PMOIndia @OfficeOf_MM @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/QuHEED9SVF
— WHO South-East Asia (@WHOSEARO) July 17, 2022
Earlier on Friday, the government started a 75-day campaign for free booster shots at government centers, countrywide, to encourage people, even as India crosses a big milestone, the booster dose coverage has been a matter of concern. Only 8 percent of the country’s total population has got the third shot against Covid so far.
The campaign marks 75 years of India’s independence, which the country will complete next month.