Mumbai: India became the fastest country to vaccinate 7 million people with a COVID-19 vaccine. While India achieved the target in 26 days, the United States took 27 days and the United Kingdom took 48 days.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that more than 85 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID till 6 pm on 15 February. The number of health services and frontline workers vaccinated against the epidemic reached 85,167.771 on Monday.
The figure included 60,57,162 health care workers who took the first dose and 98,118 workers took the second dose, along with 23,61,491 frontline workers (first dose).
A nationwide coronavirus vaccination campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, 2021. However, the border staff immunization campaign began on 2 February 2021.
So far, India has approved the Oxford COVID Vaccine Covildield manufactured by Covaxin, developed by the Serum Institute of India and indigenously by Bharat Biotech.
The coronavirus vaccination campaign was initiated in a phased manner, identifying priority groups. Health care workers in both the government and private sectors, including ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) activists, began receiving the vaccine during the first phase.