In a major development, India has joined the very exclusive club of nations which have administered 200 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses.
The country began its nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, 2021 and it took 18 months to reach this milestone. Apparently, it took 277 days to reach the earlier milestone of 100 crore doses.
According to the health ministry data, 98 per cent of the adult population has got at least one dose while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated. As per data provided by Our World in Data, 62.1 per cent of the world’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Announcing the same, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India creates history again! Congrats to all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”
“Existing supply chain for storage and transport of COVID1-9 vaccines were leveraged and strengthened and effective monitoring of vaccine distribution and assured availability and efficient utilisation of vaccines and syringes were ensured at all times,” the Ministry said in its release.