India crossed a milestone of administering 10 crore (100 million) dosages as on Saturday. The Health Ministry claimed that India had administered these doses within 85 days, faster than the United States’ 89 days and China’s 103 days.
Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that India has become the fastest nation in the world to achieve the 100 crore vaccination mark in 85 days. The US took 89 days to administer 10 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while China took 102 days to cross the same number, it said.
India took 85 days to administer 100 million #CovidVaccine doses.
In 85 days, USA administered 92.09 million doses and China's vaccination coverage was 61.42 million. pic.twitter.com/KROFFpjdjm
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) April 10, 2021
“India has scaled another peak in its effort to contain the COVID-19 virus with the administration of more than 10 crore vaccines to its citizens,” the ministry said.
The Prime Minister’s Office also tweeted a chart showing India as the fastest country to reach this vaccination milestone, saying “strengthening efforts to ensure a healthy and COVID-19 free India”.
In terms of the number of daily doses administered globally, India continues to remain at the top with an average of 38,93,288 doses administered per day, the ministry said. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,12,84,282, it said.
The extension of vaccine coverage to those above 45 years of age along with recent provisions for them to get vaccinated at their workplaces — government and private — form a series of pro-active, collaborative and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and state governments for safety of people from the infectious coronavirus disease, the ministry said.
Noting that India is the fastest nation to administer 100 million doses, the ministry said, “The achievement is also a testimony of the ‘whole of society’ approach where individuals turned a deaf ear to rumors and propaganda of vested interests, shunned their vaccine hesitancy and strengthened the hand of the administration in curbing COVID-19.”