New Delhi : More than two crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far on Friday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday historic. Government has termed it as the largest vaccination drive.
Health Ministry sources had predicted 2.5 crore vaccinations by evening. The government added a ticker to track Covid shots across the country.
“Thank you. Well Done India,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said as he visited a vaccination site to thank healthcare workers in New Delhi’s Safdarjung area.
The government’s tracker showed around 42,000 vaccinations in a minute, said a senior health officer.
“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma.
By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.
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, according to the health ministry.
The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross the 50-crore vaccination mark on August 6, it said.
2,00,00,000 mark crossed!— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) September 17, 2021
This figure is a reflection of New India under PM @narendramodi’s leadership. India has set a path in successfully fighting COVID with visionary & diligent leadership. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated & those who made this campaign a success. pic.twitter.com/dlaRlytRV8
BJP national president JP Nadda said, This figure is a reflection of New India under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership. India has set a path in successfully fighting COVID with visionary & diligent leadership. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated & those who made this campaign a success.”