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Saturday, 17 April 2021 4.21 AM IST

India fastest in the world to vaccinate seven million people; over 85 lakh inoculated so far against COVID-19

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NEW DELHI: In a proud moment, India became the fastest country to vaccinate 7 million people with the COVID-19 jab. While India achieved the target in 26 days, the United States of America took 27 days and the United Kingdom 48 days.

Meanwhile, the ministry of health and family welfare said that more than 85 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID till 6 pm on February 15. The cumulative number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against the pandemic reached 85,16,771 on Monday.

The figure included 60,57,162 health care workers who have taken the first dose and 98,118 workers who have taken the second dose, along with 23,61,491 frontline workers (1st dose).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive on January 16, 2021. However, the inoculation drive of the frontline workers started on February 2, 2021.

As of now, India has approved Oxford Covid vaccine Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and indigenously developed Covaxin by the Bharat Biotech.

The coronavirus vaccination drive was started in a phased manner, identifying priority groups. Health care workers, both in government and private sectors including ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) workers, started receiving the vaccine during the first phase.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that around 18-19 coronavirus vaccine candidates are in different clinical trial stages and are expected to be made available in the coming months.

The union minister ardhan appealed to people to follow COVID related guidelines.

"It is crucial that people continue to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour which I call social vaccine, along with real vaccines," he said.

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