India becomes third topmost country to administer highest doses of Covid-19 vaccines


India launched its massive vaccination drive on January 16.

The United States and the United Kingdom are the only two countries that have administered more number of Covid-19 vaccines than India. 

India’s Health Ministry on Sunday tweeted that India now ranks the third among countries for the highest number of vaccines administered to citizens with more than 5.7 million people inoculated against the virus. India launched its massive vaccination drive on January 16. The country that has administered Covid-19 vaccines to the most number of people is the United States, followed by the United Kingdom and then India. 

In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said: “India has scaled another global peak in its fight against Covid-19. India has become the third topmost country in the world in terms of the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered. Only the United States and the United Kingdom remain ahead of India.”

According to the Health Ministry, 12 States in India have vaccinated more than 200,000 beneficiaries each and the state of Uttar Pradesh has vaccinated 673,542 people followed by Maharashtra with 473,000 people and Rajasthan with 459,000 people. India has also reported less than 80 daily deaths related to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest in nine months. 

As of Sunday, India’s active caseload was 148,766 and the present active caseload comprises 1.37% of the country’s total positive cases.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry said that states and union territories are advised to ensure regular review meetings of the State, District, and Block Task Force in order to note down the emerging challenges, figure out the ground issues, and promptly address them at the appropriate levels. 

The two Covid-19 vaccines approved in India are – AstraZeneca-Oxford University’s Covishield manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), and the other, Bharat Biotech’s locally conceived Covaxin. 

As we have reported earlier, India has also been exporting vaccines to several countries. 

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