India becomes the first country to reach 5 million COVID-19 vaccination mark in 21 days

Union Health Ministry, on Friday, informed that India became the fastest country in the world to reach the maximum number of COVID-19 vaccination mark in the least number of the days. As many as 53 lakh beneficiaries have been administered shots under the countrywide inoculation exercise till Friday evening in just 21 days.

India has become the first country in the world to reach 5 million COVID-19 vaccination mark. The USA, the UK and Israel have reached 5 million vaccinations in 24, 43 and 45 simultaneous days respectively.

The ministry said, “The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was conducted successfully on the twenty-first day as well. As many as “3,31,029 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till 6 PM on the 21st day of the vaccination drive.”

As per the report comprising data collected till Friday 6 PM a total of 52,90,474 beneficiaries were vaccinated through 1,04,781 sessions.

A total of 27 people have been hospitalised which is 0.0005 per cent of the total vaccinations done so far and no new hospitalization has been recorded in the last 24 hours, the ministry added. The number of deaths recorded till date are 22 which does not have any links with COVID-19 vaccination.

“One new death was reported in the past 24 hours, of a 77-year-old male in Agra, seven days after vaccination. It was a case of shock with pre-existing diabetes. None of these deaths has been causally linked with COVID-19 vaccination,” the ministry said.