New Delhi, October 21 (Agency)
India on Thursday crossed the mark of giving 100 crore doses of anti-corona vaccines. On this achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has created history. The Prime Minister said, ‘This is a victory for Indian science, enterprise and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who contributed to achieving this feat. Modi reached Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on this occasion. He interacted with the hospital staff, officials there.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that this achievement is the result of able leadership of Prime Minister Modi. VK Paul, head of the COVID task force, said that this is an unusual achievement and has been achieved in a short span of just 9 months of the vaccination programme. What is even more remarkable, Paul said, is the achievement achieved with the help of vaccines manufactured in India. The vaccination campaign started on January 16 and in its first phase, health workers were vaccinated. According to the data of the Union Health Ministry, 100 million doses had been administered till 85 days after the vaccination campaign started in the country, 45 days after that the country touched the figure of 200 million and after 29 days this number reached 30 crore. It took 24 days for the country to reach from 30 crores to 40 crores and after 20 days on 6th August the number increased to 50 crores. After this it took 76 days to reach the figure of 100 crores.
Complete vaccination required Paul said, it should be ensured that those who have received the first dose of the vaccine, take the second dose. Without a second dose, the vaccination would not be complete. India is not completely safe until all adults in the country are fully immunized.
outstanding achievement : Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) said, ‘Many congratulations to India for setting another milestone, delivering one billion doses of COVID-19. It would not have been possible to achieve this extraordinary feat in such a short span of time without strong leadership, inter-sectoral coordination, health and dedicated efforts of the entire frontline workforce and the people themselves. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India said, “In a country as vast and diverse as India, this achievement is remarkable given the logistical complications involved in delivering one billion doses in less than a year.” As Indian households recover from the recent devastating wave of COVID-19, this achievement means hope for many.
31 percent took both doses
More than 75 percent of India’s adult population has been given at least one dose of the vaccine, with nine states and union territories providing one dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine to 100% of the population above the age of 18. According to Union Health Ministry officials, more than 31 percent of the country’s adult population has been given both doses of the vaccine. All adults in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
18454 new patients: In a single day, 18454 new cases of corona were reported in the country. The number of patients under treatment increased to 1,78,831. According to the data of the Union Health Ministry till Thursday morning, an increase of 733 patients was registered in the number of patients under treatment in the last 24 hours. After the death of 160 infected during this period, the death toll increased to 4,52,811.