The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 70 crore, the health ministry said Tuesday.
The coronavirus must be defeated and vaccination is the way to victory, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
“Shigher on the COVID-19 vaccination under the leadership of Prime Minister (Prime Minister) @NarendraModi ji. To date, 70,000,000 doses of vaccine have been administered,” he tweeted.
Congratulations to all health professionals and people for this momentous achievement, he said.
It took India 85 days to touch 10 crore vaccinations, 45 days to cross the 20 crore border and another 29 days to reach 30 crore, Mr Mandaviya said.
It took the country 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then another 20 days to exceed 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. 60 crore, he said on Twitter.
The nationwide vaccination campaign was rolled out on January 16, with healthcare workers (HCWs) vaccinated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) has started from 2 February.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people over 60 and people 45 and over with specified comorbidities.
The country launched vaccination for all people over the age of 45 from April 1.
The cabinet then decided to expand the vaccination campaign by having everyone over the age of 18 vaccinated from 1 May.
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