The number of COVID-19 doses given to the beneficiaries rose close to 4 crores as the number increased to 3,93,39,817 injections given, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Friday (March 19). According to the fresh data, out of the total, nearly 22,02,861 doses were given in the last 24 hours.
The statistics for the first-time beneficiaries who received their doses rose to 3,24,26,230, out of these 18,32,287 people got their first dose in the last 24 hours. The number of people who came in for their second dose till Friday (March 19) reached 3,70,574 in the last 24 hours, which pushed the total to 69,13,587 beneficiaries as of March 19.
The Government of India began the inoculation drive on January 16 with people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The country has been struggling with a sudden increase in new infections after reporting less than 10,000 cases in the month of February.
If we look at the states, Maharashtra which is the worst affected state in the country has also been the top state in the number of vaccines given. As per the data, Maharashtra has vaccinated 38,04,142 people so far, followed by Rajasthan with 37,38,737 doses administered, which is followed by another big state in the third place, Uttar Pradesh with 36,68,945 doses delivered.
The inoculations have become a primary weapon for the country which is continuing its battle against the COVID-19 virus and its variants. Fresh data from the ministry point to a continuing surge in the cases as the number rose by more than 3000 in the last 24 hours.
The Prime Minsiter in his recent meeting had also raised the issue of COVID-19 dose wastage amid rising cases in the country. According to the official data, the Centre has so far dispatched more than 7 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of which only 4 crores have been administered. According to health officials, over 22 lakh doses have gone to waste which is roughly 6 per cent of the total dispatch. Among states, Telangana reported the maximum wastage with more than 17 percent of its doses lost, followed by its neighbour Andhra Pradesh which lost more that 11.5 per cent of doses and then Uttar Pradesh which lost over 9 per cent.