1 billion COVID-19 vaccinations expected before mid-October
This would include both first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
September 17, 2021 / 04:04 PM IST
India will complete administering as many as 100 crore (one billion) COVID-19 vaccine doses by mid-October, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying on September 17. This would include both first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
Notably, China has already fully vaccinated more than one billion people, that is, 70 percent of its eligible population, according to a Bloomberg report. As of September 15, China had administered 2.16 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine. It is ahead of the United States and Europe vis-à-vis COVID-19 vaccination coverage at present.
India's pace of vaccination has gained momentum since last month with more than one crore daily COVID-19 vaccinations being completed for the fourth time today. The country, on September 17, completed administering 1.6 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses by late afternoon, surpassing the past record of completing 1.33 crore vaccinations in one day on September 1.
Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on September 17: “Daily COVID-19 vaccinations crossed the one-crore mark for the fourth time in less than a month, taking the total number of doses administered in the country to over 78 crore.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya added that this is the fastest pace at which one crore coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in the country.
Of the over 78 crore cumulative vaccinations done in India so far, 58.95 crore were first doses and 19.36 crore were second doses.Follow our coverage of the coronavirus crisis here