Close to 3 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Health Ministry

at 12:58 pm
Tika Utsav
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New Delhi (NVI): As India rolled out world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive in mid-January, the country is nearing 3 crore cumulative vaccination doses, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today.

2,97,38,409 vaccine doses have been administered through 5,10,400 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today, as per the Health Ministry’s latest data released today.

These include 73,47,895 Healthcare Workers (HCWs- 1st dose), 42,95,201 HCWs (2nd dose), 73,32,641 Frontline Workers (FLWs-1st dose) and 11,35,573 FLWs (2nd Dose), 14,40,092 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 81,87,007 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

As on Day-57 of the vaccination drive (13th March), more than 15 Lakh (15,19,952) vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 12,32,131 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 24,086 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 2,87,821 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine, the Ministry said in a detailed report.

It further said that the number of day-wise vaccine doses being administered shows a steady increase.

Pertinent to mention here that Oxford University-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are being used for the vaccination programme in the country.

Meanwhile, Indian drug firm Dr Reddy’s application for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is awaiting approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

Dr Reddy’s had partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in September 2020 to conduct the clinical trials of Sputnik V, and for its distribution rights in India.