India has recorded more than 51 Lakh Covid-19 Vaccine jabs in the last 24 hours. With this India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 40 Crore. According to the CoWin portal, a total of 31 crore people have been given the first dose of the vaccine and a total of 8 crore people have received their second dose.
The owner and CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), Adar Poonawalla, dismissed the need for a “marketing authorisation application” to the European Union, saying “16 of the 27 member countries” and Switzerland have currently approved the vaccine based on the WHO’s pre-qualification. The 16 EU countries are Austria, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
According to data from the CoWin portal, Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country to administer four crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine on 17th July. This is about 10% of the total 39.94 crore doses administered in the country. With over 18,700 vaccination doses administered on 17th July, Lucknow has reached its mass vaccination milestone since roll out of vaccination drive on 16th January.
Among other states, Maharashtra is the nearest contender with 3.89 crore jabs, Gujarat follows next with 2.93 crore doses, Rajasthan (2.83 crore), West Bengal (2.59 crore) and Madhya Pradesh (2.51 crore) follow next.
In a bid to expand the immunisation coverage and draw women to receive the vaccine, the health authorities in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur prioritised vaccination for them. An all-women Covid-19 vaccination centre called ‘pink booth’ has been established in Udhampur’s district hospital. This dedicated booth is said to fast-track the long queues for inoculation and boost vaccination among women. All-female staff has been deployed at these sites, from registration to inoculation to ensure the safety and comfort of the women beneficiaries.