On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s 71st birthday, India on Friday set a record and administered over 2.26 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses, nearly 466 doses per second. The cumulative figure has jumped to over 79 crore. The Co-Win website refreshed every second throughout the day to give updates as India created a record.
Among all states, Karnataka vaccinated the highest number of over 26.9 lakh doses, followed by Bihar with more than 26.6 lakh doses, Uttar Pradesh with over 24.8 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh with over 23.7 lakh doses and Gujarat with over 20.4 lakh doses.
As PM Modi turned 71, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a 20-day mega ‘Seva aur Samarpan’ campaign, which includes activities like Covid-19 vaccination drive, sanitation drives, and blood donation camps across the country.
According to the Ministry on Friday as part of the ‘Vaccine Seva’ campaign, the Health Minister visited Safdarjung Hospital to take stock of the ongoing vaccination and congratulated the healthcare workers for helping the country cross the two crore benchmark.
A senior government official explained that the the Ministry is in on-going talks with foreign vaccine manufacturers — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson — on the indemnity issue to bring in more vaccines into the Indian market.
The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross the 50-crore vaccination mark on August 6, it said. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore on September 7, the ministry said.
The WHO South-East Asia Regional Office (WHO SEARO) congratulated India for reaching the milestone of administering two crore doses of Covid vaccines in a single day.