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India Managed Omicron Surge Much Better Than Other Countries: Centre

Mumbai: Proactive measures in India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign helped the country control the spread of omicrons, which was six times higher globally than in the previous wave, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

During a webinar, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare talked about India’s achievement in immunization compared to other countries and proactive management by the government.

He said, “Today, India is managing the omicron growth better than other countries. Even today, 15- 17 lakh cases are being reported globally, but India is reporting around 3000 daily cases.”

Aggarwal said, “India has given more than 180 crore vaccine doses, which is 3.2 times more in France and 12.5 times than in the United States. The fully vaccinated beneficiaries in India are more than 81 crore which is 3.9 times USA and 15.6 times France,” Agarwal said.

“96.74 crore adult beneficiaries have received at least the first dose in India which is 2.96 times the population of USA and 6.71 times the population of Russia. Whereas, 2.5 core vaccine doses in a single day on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday which is equivalent to the population of Australia. A total of 150 crore doses were administered in less than a year amongst highest in the World,” he said.

He further said that the global evidence suggested that vaccines were successful in combating the Omicron variant in terms of fewer people getting infected, less severity and lesser deaths.

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