New Delhi: As India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive touched a historical record of 100 crore mark on Thursday, the occasion was marked by celebrations around the country while wishes poured in from leaders and agencies across the world. A total of 100 crore vaccine doses were administered to eligible beneficiaries, as per the CoWin portal at 9:47 am. The feat was achieved in over 10 months of the starting of India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16.
“India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning.
Congratulating India on the feat, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros A Ghebreyesus said, “Congratulations, PM Narendra Modi, the scientists, healthworkers & people of India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from COVID19 and achieve vaccine equity targets.”
US Embassy in India also extended wishes on achieving 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination mark: “Congratulations to India on administering its 1 billionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine today – a major milestone in the world’s efforts to combat the global pandemic.”
Wishes poured in for India from leaders of Israel, the US and Sri Lanka. “Congratulations to @narendramodi on leading India’s successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign that has now administered more than 1 billion vaccines to the Indian people,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted on Thursday. “These life-saving vaccines are helping us all defeat the global pandemic,” he added.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also congratulated India and applauded its commitment to ramp up vaccine production for export and use worldwide. Bhutan’s Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the feat is a “huge accomplishment” not just for India, but the world. “On behalf of the people of Bhutan, I congratulate India!” he tweeted.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated PM Modi, the medical community and frontliners of India “for achieving this mammoth task”. “The way forward & adjusting to the new normal while staying safe is highly dependent on a successful vaccination drive. Congratulations on reaching this milestone,” he tweeted.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Prime Minister Modi and the government of India for administering 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines. “Congratulations to PM @narendramodi and government of India for administering 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, displaying the innovation and solidarity of the Indian people. Thank you also, India, for supporting Maldives’ Covid-19 recovery and vaccination efforts,” he tweeted.
Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan and Malawi President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera also congratulated India on its achievement of administering 1 billion vaccination doses.
Under its initiative Vaccine Maitri, India has so far delivered around 66.3 million doses of vaccines to 95 countries, including Canada, the UK, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, Ukraine and Bahrain.
To mark the achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited a vaccination site at Delhi’s RML Hospital and interacted with the healthcare workers.
The AII India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi celebrated the completion of 100-crore COVID-19 vaccination mark in the country as the hospital premises were decorated with flowers and rangolis.
Nalanda University in Bihar was also illuminated in tricolour as the country achieved the feat of 100 crore vaccination doses.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also hailed the achievement as it congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all stakeholders on the “abundant accomplishment of 1 billion vaccination feat”.
“Seeing scale and size we’ve achieved it in less time. It’s a result of our collective effort. Out of 100 crore vaccination doses, 30-35 crore are double doses-more than the population of countries like Indonesia, US; shows India as a vaccination capital,” said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
“It’s a big achievement. I’m hopeful that we will be able to complete our target of vaccinating the entire population by December end. We’re going on the right path under PM Modi’s leadership,” said Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog.
Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman and MD of Bharat Biotech said, “Bharat Biotech is proud to have contributed to this historic landmark. This is a unified effort of the Govt, vaccine manufacturers, healthcare workers and all the vaccinated citizens, making it a true success story of Atmanirbharta.”
“I want to congratulate everyone. We are 1 billion in our country and the whole world is 7 billion so we’ve already contributed 1/7 in terms of the world vaccination,” said ICMR DG, Dr Balram Bhargava.
“We’ve experience from universal immunization program of several decades in India which has turned out to be very useful for rolling out this vaccination program so rapidly…entire vaccination program was free of cost is commendable from govt perspective,” he said.