New Delhi: India administered record 2.5 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine till 12:06 am on Saturday. According to the latest figures, from Co-WIN app the country has administered 2,50,15,112 vaccine doses.
This was the highest number of daily vaccination ever since the start of the vaccination drive/.
Officials said the final tally will be higher when data arrive from all centres late in the night.
Hailing the achievement, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers. I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success. Let us keep boosting vaccination to defeat COVID-19.”
Bihar administered the highest number of over 29.38 lakh doses, followed by Karnataka with more than 26.92 lakh doses, Uttar Pradesh with over 24.8 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh with over 23.7 lakh doses, and Gujarat with over 20.4 lakh doses.
The Central government had aimed to reach 2 crore COVID-19 vaccinations on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday.
Taking to Twitter, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the historic feat is a gift to PM Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen.
“#VaccineSeva A gift to Prime minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen. Today, on his birthday, India has crossed the historical figure of administering 2 crore vaccines in a day, setting a new record. Well done India!” Mandaviya tweeted.
Union Minister Smriti Irani also tweeted on the occasion and said two crore vaccine doses in a day is India’s gift to PM Modi.
“India’s gift to PM @narendramodi Ji! 2 crore vaccine doses in a day and counting. A big shout out to our frontline workers for their dedication. Thank you India!” she tweeted.
“9 hours. 2 Crore Vaccine Doses Administered. Great Going, India! #LargestVaccineDrive #VaccineSeva,” My Gov India tweeted from its official Twitter handle.
India has administered more than one crore COVID-19 vaccines in a day on earlier occasions.
The vaccination drive in the country commenced on January 16 with the inoculation of healthcare and frontline workers. At present, India is administering COVID-19 vaccines– Covishield of Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Sputnik V.
To ramp up the drive, on April 1, the government had opened Covid-19 vaccination for everyone above the age of 45 years. A month later from May 1, as a part of the third phase of the vaccination drive, India began administering the vaccine in the 18 to 44 years age group.
Since then, the country’s vaccination drive is scaling new heights. On August 9, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 50 crores.