Covid19 – India crosses 100 million vaccination mark
India has administered more than 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines amid a deadly second wave of infections. The country has been reporting an average of more than 90,000 cases of Covid-19 every day since 1 April.
India is the “fastest country in the world” to give 100 million doses, “achieving the feat in 85 days whereas the US took 89 days and China reached the milestone in 102 days,” the health ministry said.
At an average of over 3.5 million a day over the past week, India’s vaccination rollout is among the highest in the world. However, given the large population, it’s not enough to make a dent in the pandemic. Less than 10% of the population — most have received only the first dose—has been covered in close to three months. Vaccinations need to be stepped up, to about 5 million a day.
According to the ministry, eight states – Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala — account for 60.62% of total doses given in the country so far.