A billion (100 crore) Covid-19 vaccine doses could be administered underneath the nation’s immunisation drive towards the illness sooner this month and Union well being minister Mansukh Mandaviya has unveiled the federal government’s plans to mark the momentous event.
Mandaviya on Thursday mentioned that India is predicted to cross the large one-billion mark in the variety of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered by October 18 or 19 and to mark the second, bulletins could be made on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations. The minister made the announcement whereas launching a espresso desk e-book on Covid-19 warriors, information company PTI reported.
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Also, home airline service Spicejet will wrap its planes with posters relating to one billion vaccinations and with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and healthcare employees as a part of the celebrations to mark the nation’s achievement, Mandaviya additionally mentioned.
Briefing on plans after reaching a billion doses, the minister mentioned that the main focus could be shifted to administering second doses. (*1*) PTI quoted him as saying.
So far, 970 million (97 crore) vaccine doses have been administered to beneficiaries above 18 years of age in the nation, the Union ministry of well being and household welfare mentioned on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday night, Mandaviya mentioned that the vaccination drive has accomplished delivering 970-million doses. “The nation is rapidly approaching the 100 crore vaccination mark! 97 crore #COVID19 vaccine doses administered to date. Keep it up India, let us fight corona,” he tweeted.
Also, 73% of the inhabitants have acquired no less than one dose and 30% absolutely immunised. Mandaviya’s announcement that the main focus could be shifted in the direction of the second dose vaccinations assume significance contemplating the sizeable hole between the variety of individuals having acquired one or each doses.
As of 7pm on the day, 2,762,523 doses of the vaccine had been administered, pushing the cumulative doses to 971,120,405 the ministry mentioned in a press release. The nation additionally logged 18,987 new Covid-19 circumstances and 246 fatalities on the day.
(With PTI inputs)