India crosses 1.5 billion Covid-19 vaccination doses landmark
More than 90% of India's adults have now received the first dose of the vaccine
India crossed the landmark of administering over 150 crore (1.5 billion) Covid-19 vaccine doses on Friday, less than a year after it launched a massive countrywide innoculation campaign.
Highlighting the achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that more than 90 % of India's adults had now received the first dose of the vaccine.
Over 1.5 crore (15 million) children had also received a vaccine dose in just five days, he pointed out.
150 crore doses in less than one year was a significant achievement and symbol of the will power of the country, PM Modi said.
India launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16 last year.
"This is an achievement of the entire country and all governments. I want to specially thank the country's scientists, vaccine manufacturers, those associated with the health sector," the Prime Minister added.
He was speaking after inaugurating the second campus of the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata, West Bengal via video conferencing.
According to the dashboard of the CoWIN portal, the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India stood at 1,50,55,91,911 at about 7 pm.
This included 87,96,25,063 first doses and 62,59,66,848 second doses of the vaccine.
Earlier in the day, the health ministry had said that more than 94 lakh (94,47,056) vaccine doses had been administered in the last 24 hours, as per provisional reports till 7 am.
Meanwhile, 1,17,100 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
With this, India’s Active Caseload is now at 3,71,363. Active cases constitute 1.05% of the country's total Positive Cases.
The last 24 hours saw a total of 15,13,377 tests being conducted, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to over 68.68 crore (68,68,19,128) cumulative tests.
The Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 4.54% and the Daily Positivity rate is reported to be 7.74%, the health ministry said.