Covid19 : Over 63 crores vaccine doses administered in India
Cumulatively, over 63 crore COVID-19 vaccines doses have been administered in India so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. It also said, over 65 lakh jabs were given on Saturday alone. As per the official figures, on the 225th day of vaccination, 65,39,745 doses were given pushing the total to 63,00,67,629.
The nationwide vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is expected to gather further pace in September as more than 240 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are likely to be administered next month. This means that on average, 8 million shots will be administered each day in September, as against the corresponding figures for August which, at present, are between 5.3-5.4 million.
Of these 240 million doses, approximately 200 million are likely to be of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca jab, which is being marketed locally as Covishield. These will be delivered by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer.
On August 27, India became the first country to vaccinate more than 10 million people in a single-day.
Meanwhile, with 46,759 people testing positive for COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, India’s infection tally rose to 3,26,49,947 on Saturday, while the count of active cases registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to Union Health Ministry data.