India Hits Big 1 Billion COVID-19 Vaccinations Milestone

India reached one billion COVID-19 vaccinations milestone this morning.

New Delhi:
India reached the one billion COVID-19 vaccinations milestone this morning. The government wants all of India’s 944 million adults to get vaccinated this year.

Here is your ten-point cheat sheet on this big story:

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the country on this historic milestone and called it ” the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians”. He expressed gratitude to doctors, nurses, and all those who worked to achieve this feat.

  2. The Prime Minister visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi earlier today after the milestone was achieved and interacted with hospital officials. He was accompanied by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

  3. According to the government, around three-quarters of adults in the country of 1.3 billion people have had one shot and around 30 percent are fully vaccinated.

  4. “Congratulations India! This is the result of the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

  5. The top five states which have administered the highest number of doses are Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

  6. Dr VK Paul, the NITI Aayog Member for Health, congratulated the people and health care workers of India on this milestone. “It’s remarkable to reach the 1 billion dose mark for any nation, an achievement in just over 9 months since the vaccination program started in India,” he said. Stressing on the need for consistency, Dr Paul pointed out that even though the first dose has been given to over 75% of adults, 25% of adults who are eligible to receive free vaccination are still unvaccinated.

  7. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song by singer Kailash Kher and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort for the occasion. The day is also expected to see the raising of the largest national flag, weighing around 1,400 kg, at the Red Fort, news agency PTI reported.

  8. Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said that this “extraordinary feat” was not possible in a short span without “strong political leadership, inter-sectoral convergence, dedicated efforts of the entire health & frontline workforce.”

  9. The government had also planned to make announcements over loudspeakers on trains, planes, and ships. It has also said that villages that have completed 100 percent vaccination should mark the 100 crore-doses administered achievement by putting up posters and banners complimenting health workers for their role in the exercise.

  10. Daily vaccine shots have averaged 5 million this month, a fifth of September’s peak, though states are sitting on record stocks of more than 100 million as the domestic output of the AstraZeneca vaccine soars.

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