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Over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in India

22.10.2021 47 просмотров

About 75% of all adults in the country received their first dose of the vaccine, and about 31% completed the immunization.


India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced Thursday that the country passed the milestone of 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This was reported by the NDTV channel.

It is expected that in honor of this event in the Red Fort of the Indian capital (an ancient fortress, a kind of Delhi Kremlin) the largest national flag in the country weighing about 1 .4 thousand kg. The government also plans to make announcements about the record on trains, planes and ships.

"We're doing up to 700 shots a second," National Health Administration CEO Dr. b>R. S. Sharma, stressing that it will be difficult to figure out who received the historic billionth dose.

According to the Ministry of Health, about 75% of all adults received the first dose of the vaccine, and about 31% completed the vaccination. The population of India is approaching the mark of 1.398 billion people.

Vaccination stages in India

Vaccination began in the country on January 16th. At the first stage, people from the “predominant group” were vaccinated: medical workers and employees at risk (policemen, military personnel, employees of civil defense departments). On March 1, the second stage of vaccination began, during which all persons over 60 years of age, as well as citizens over 45 years of age, but with concomitant diseases, received the right to the vaccine.

Then, from April 1, all citizens aged 45 years and older, regardless of the presence of concomitant diseases, and from May 1, all persons over the age of 18 received the right to be vaccinated, but on a paid basis. public clinics on a first-come, first-served basis. The Vaccines for All, Vaccines for Free movement was announced. At the same time, anyone can get vaccinated in a private clinic on a paid basis, without waiting in line at a state medical institution.

While vaccination in India is carried out with three drugs, this is the Covishield vaccine developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, which is produced by the Indian Serum Institute , the drug Covaxin manufactured by the Indian company Bharat Biotech, as well as the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. In addition, two U.S. vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, but so far vaccination with these drugs is not carried out in India.

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