No less than 2,019,723 Covid-19 vaccines were administered to beneficiaries in India between Monday and Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said.
This is the highest number of vaccinations performed in the country in 24 hours.
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India has so far given 2 30 08 733 anti-Covid shots to residents.
The vaccination campaign in India began on January 16, when only health workers were vaccinated. It was then expanded to include frontline workers in February.
The second phase of the campaign began on March 1. People over 60 or over 45 with co-morbidities are also vaccinated.
Covid workload in India
The country has registered 15,388 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,12,44,786. This is the lowest number of new cases recorded in the country in the last five days.
There are currently 1,875,462 active cases while the total number of people who have recovered from the disease stands at 1,08 99,394. As many as 16,596 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.
India also recorded 77 deaths, a drop from Monday, when 97 deaths were reported.
Boost to the vaccination campaign
After a slow start, India’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign – one of the largest in the world – nearly quadrupled in phase two.
The initial lukewarm response – in part due to the controversial approval of a local vaccine before clinical trials ended – faded as the campaign secured crucial public approval for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inoculation, according to reports.
Some of the largest companies operating in the country have said they will cover the cost of vaccinating their employees and families, including Accenture Plc, Infosys Ltd. and Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani.
“With your support, we can soon put this pandemic behind us,” said Nita Ambani, director of Reliance and wife of Mukesh, in a letter to employees seen by Bloomberg.
“A lot of people are coming,” Azad Moopen, president of Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare Ltd., which operates 13 private hospitals in India, said on Friday. for India to meet its immunization targets.