NEW DELHI: India touched the 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine milestone even as daily cases spiked to 18,454 on Thursday. China has reached to the one billion mark in June.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and talked with hospital officials. Saying that India created a history, PM Modi tweeted, “We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.”
The top five states that reached the highest number of vaccine doses are Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Dr VK Paul of NITI Aayog said it was very encouraging to reach the 100 crore dose mark for any nation “in just over nine months since the vaccination programme started in India”.
In a tweet, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated India on achieving the feat, and said it was the result of the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
Congratulating India on achieving the milestone, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of WHO South-East Asia stated, “This extraordinary feat in a short span was not possible without strong political leadership, intersectoral convergence, dedicated efforts of the entire health and frontline workforce and the people themselves.”
To mark the milestone of the Covid-19 vaccination exercise, many events have been planned. Mandaviya will launch a song by singer Kailash Kher and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort. The largest khadi tricolour in the country, weighing around 1,400 kg, will be displayed at the Red Fort, PTI reported.
According to Union Health Ministry data, India took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach the 30-crore mark.
The country took 24 days to reach the 40-crore mark from 30-crore doses and then 20 more days to surpass the 50-crore vaccination mark on August 6. It then took 76 more days to go past the 100-crore mark.