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India overtakes US in vaccines doses administered



INDIA’S Union Health Ministry says the country has overtaken the US in the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

  While India launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive on 16 January and has administered over 32.36 core doses till date, the US which started its inoculation drive on 14 December, 2020 has given over 32.33 core doses.

  “India achieves another milestone in COVID-19 vaccination and overtakes USA in total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered,” the ministry said.

  India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeded 32.36 cores on Sunday. A total of 32,36,63,297 vaccine doses have been administered through 43,21,898 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Monday, the ministry said.

  It said 17,21,268 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

  According to the data, so far 1,01,98,257 healthcare workers have taken the first dose while 72,07,617 have taken the second dose.

  As many as 1,74,42,767 frontline workers have received the first dose while 93,99,319 have taken the second dose. In the 18-44 age group, 8,46,51,696 individuals have taken the first dose, while 19,01,190 have received the second dose.

  In the 45-59 age group, 8,71,11,445 people have been administered the first dose, while 1,48,12,349 have taken the second dose.

  Besides, 6,75,29,713 people aged above 60 years have received the first dose, while, 2,34,08,944 have taken the second dose.

  The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21 June.

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