Over 10 million Covid-19 doses of vaccine administered, says Indian govt

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As of 8:00 am (IST) on Friday India administered a total of 10,449,942 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

The Union Health Ministry said that India took 34 days to administer 10 million Covid-19 vaccines, which makes the country the second-fastest in the world. 

The Union Health Ministry on Friday said that over 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date in India. The country managed to successfully immunize a third of the over 30 million healthcare and frontline workers in phase 1.

The ministry also stated that India took 34 days to administer 10 million Covid-19 vaccines, which makes the nation the second-fastest in the world. The United States took 31 days, while the United Kingdom took 56 days to reach the 10 million vaccination mark.

Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry Mandeep Bhandari said that as of 8:00 am (IST) on Friday of the total 10,449,942 doses administered, 7,052,845 vaccine doses were administered to healthcare workers and 3,397,097 to frontline workers whose vaccination started on February 2.  Out of the 7,052,845 healthcare workers who were administered the vaccine, 6,295,903 received the first dose and 756,942 were given the second dose.

Bhandari said: “A total of 658,674 vaccinations were done on February 18, which is the highest single-day vaccinations during the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive.” He also noted that India is witnessing a progressive rise in the number of vaccinations day by day. 

Out of the total vaccine doses administered, just eight states account for 57.47%, and the state of Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for 10.5%. 

Bhandari stated that the hospitalization percentage against vaccination was recorded at 0.0004%. He added that 34 deaths have been reported, which is 0.0003% of the vaccinations. 

The Indian government so far has utilized one-fourth of the vaccine doses it has procured.

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