Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 21 Highlights: New milestone! India on Thursday crossed the 100-crore mark in Covid-19 vaccination. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, 75% of the estimated adult population in the country have already received the first dose, while 31% are fully vaccinated. “India scripts history”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter after India’s crossed the 100 crore mark. “We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians,” he said on Tweet. “Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.”
India scripts history.
We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians.
Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. #VaccineCentury
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 21, 2021
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in a tweet, congratulated the country on achieving the feat, and said it was the result of the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
बधाई हो भारत!
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) October 21, 2021
Mandaviya yesterday appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated without delay and contribute to the historic vaccination journey of India. “The country is close to making a vaccine century. To be a part of this golden event, I appeal to citizens who are yet to be vaccinated to get vaccinated immediately. Please contribute to this historic vaccination journey of India,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.
India took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach the 30-crore mark, according to the Health Ministry data. The country took 24 days to reach the 40-crore mark from 30-crore doses and then 20 more days to surpass the 50-crore vaccination mark on August 6. It then took 76 days to go past the 100-crore mark.
Over 65% of the total vaccine doses have been administered in rural areas — an indicator of equity in access to vaccines, even as health experts have been raising global concerns over vaccine inequity. According to reports, just over 3% of people in low-income countries are estimated to have received a single dose. With an improvement in the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, the health ministry has urged the states to focus on second dose coverage now.
Meanwhile, India reported 18,454 fresh coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,41,27,450, while the number of active cases in the country rose to 1,78,831, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. With the addition of 160 fatalities, the Covid-10 death climbed to 4,52,811, the Health Ministry said. The daily rise in new Coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for the past 27 days in a row and less than 50,000 for 116 consecutive days now.
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