India has crossed the milestone of administering one billion Covid-19 vaccines, nine months after the second most populous country in the world initiated this mammoth movement.
On social media platforms, the government will use the hashtag ‘#VaccineCentury’ to mark this achievement.
Several events are lined up for the day as the Centre celebrates this feat. A song is to be released along with an audiovisual film which will be released by health minister Mansukh Mandaviya at Red Fort.
will cover the outer part of their entire aircraft fleet with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and healthcare workers with the slogan ‘Desh Jeetega, Corona Haarega’ (The country will win, corona will lose).
Since October 13, beneficiaries receiving the second shots have exceeded those taking the first dose of vaccination. Despite this emphasis, first doses far exceed the overall second vaccine doses. Of the 995.4 million doses administered since the country began the vaccination drive on January 16, 704.4 million were first doses and 291.3 million second doses.
The biggest challenge before India remains full vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers – the first two priority groups that were covered in the initial phases of the drive. So far, 10.3 million healthcare workers have received their first dose. Despite being the first priority group to be covered, 9.1 million among them have received the second dose while the rest have not.Internet Explorer Channel Network