India set to cross 1 billion Covid jab milestone today celebrations planned

NEW DELHI: India is set to cross the 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination mark on Thursday. Nine months after launching what it called “the world’s biggest vaccination drive”, with the government planning festivities for a “great achievement”.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song composed by singer Kailash Kher and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort today.

He appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated without delay and contribute to the “historic” journey. The day is also expected to see the raising of the largest national flag, weighing around 1,400 kg, at the Red Fort.

“After 100 crore doses are administered, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against Covid-19,” Mandaviya had earlier said.

The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 99.7 crore on Wednesday, according to the data from the CoWIN portal shortly before 11 pm, with around 75 percent of all adults having administered the first dose and around 31 percent having received both doses.

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