India has recorded more than 33 Lakh Covid-19 Vaccine jabs in the last 24 hours. With this India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 36.48 Crore. According to the CoWin portal, a total of 29 crore people have been given the first dose of the vaccine and a total of 6.7 crore people have received their second dose.
The Centre has asked state governments to implement ‘ring vaccination’ around districts showing a high-test positivity rate of over 10%. Ring vaccination is a technical term used to vaccinate vulnerable individuals near the area of an outbreak. For this, the Indian Council of Medical Research and the health ministry have asked state governments to identify an area of Covid-19 outbreak and then implement the concept of ring vaccination.
On 7 July, the Union Territory of Ladakh had administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to its entire eligible population. The administration has given the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine to the beneficiaries and covered 100% of healthcare workers (HCWs), frontline workers (FLWs), 45-plus years and 18-44 years age groups.
This is probably the second UT to achieve this target after the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, which had already administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to its entire eligible population last week.
According to a US study, people who receive Covid-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are up to 91% less likely to develop the disease. This also suggests that the preventives reduce the severity of symptoms and duration in those who still get an infection. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 30 June, is among the first to show the benefits of mRNA vaccines.
According to sources, India expects to receive 3 million to 4 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine shots through the COVAX facility by August as it tries to expand vaccinations to prevent another surge in infections.
On 7 July, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres repeated his appeal for a global vaccination plan to boost vaccine equity as deaths from Covid-19 topped 4 million worldwide.