India administers over 100cr Covid jabs
Published: 02:09 PM, 21 October 2021
India has administered more than 100 crore (one billion)e Covid jabs since it started its vaccination drive in January this year.
It achieved this major milestone on Thursday morning, just 278 days after the country launched the vaccination drive on January 16 this year.
It has fully vaccinated about 30% (291 million) of the eligible population and 707 million have had the first dose.
India aims to fully vaccinate about a billion people by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive needs to pick up pace further to meet the target.
This milestone makes India the second country to reach the one billion mark - China crossed it in June.
Reaching the one billion mark in 278 days means that India, on an average, administered 3.6 million doses per day. However, the number of doses actually administered each day since January was not consistent, and varied widely.
India is set to celebrate this historic achievement -Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a film and song at capital Delhi's Red Fort.
So far, the country has reported more than 34 million Covid cases, second only to the US, and more than 452,000 deaths - behind the US and Brazil.
India is using three vaccines - the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, known locally as Covishield; Covaxin by Indian firm Bharat Biotech; and Russian-made Sputnik V. The country has also approved its first vaccine for those under 18.