Coronavirus News Highlights: History scripted, India now has shield to combat Covid, says PM Modi on 100 crore vaccine doses; Kerala reports 8733 new cases

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1 billion Covid-19 vaccine dose milestoneSpiceJet Airlines cover the outer part of their entire aircraft fleet with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and healthcare workers, as India crossed the 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine dose milestone, at IGI Airport. (PTI Photo)

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.”

 

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.

 

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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    22:55 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: A major part of PM's resolution of fight against COVID was to have extensive vaccination across the country, says Union Min Ashwini Vaishnaw

    A major part of PM's resolution of fight against COVID was to have extensive vaccination across the country. India facilitated vaccination better than countries with better health system. 100 cr vaccination is an important milestone of that resolution: Union Min Ashwini Vaishnaw (ANI) 

    22:50 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Children vaccination will be started only after our adult vaccination is completed, says Dr NK Arora, NTAG chief 

    Children are our most valuable assets. The country is already preparing itself (on children vaccines). There're 4 vaccines, 2 still under trial, 2 in stages of regulatory approval...Children vaccination will be started only after our adult vaccination is completed: DR NK Arora (ANI) 

    22:39 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi's ICMR building illuminated in Tricolour to mark India achieving 100 cr Covid vaccination 

    Delhi | Indian Council of Medical Research building illuminated in Tricolour on the day of India achieving 100 cr Covid vaccination mark

    Under Archaeological Survey of India's initiative, 100 monuments across India being illuminated in colours of National flag following the feat (ANI) 

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    22:21 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar illuminated in Tricolour to mark 100 cr Covid vaccinations 

    Jammu & Kashmir: Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar illuminated in Tricolour on the day of India achieving 100 cr Covid vaccination mark

    Under Archaeological Survey of India's initiative, 100 monuments across India being illuminated in colours of National flag following the feat. (ANI) 

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    21:53 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We have to have a focused social mobilisation campaign so that people get vaccines, says Dr NK Arora, NTAG chief 

    We have to have a focused social mobilisation campaign so that people get vaccines. Those who are yet receive the 2nd dose have to be reminded repeatedly to take the jabs: Dr NK Arora, National Technical Advisory Group chief on India achieving 100-crore vaccination mark (ANI) 

    21:28 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi's Humayun’s Tomb illuminated in colours of Tricolour to mark 100 cr COVID vaccination

    Delhi: Humayun’s Tomb illuminated in colours of Tricolour this evening

    As part of Archaeological Survey of India's initiative, 100 monuments across the country are being illuminated in colours of National flag as India achieved milestone of administering 100 cr COVID vaccination (ANI) 

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    21:14 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Dehradun to celebrate vaccination fair is being celebrated in the district from Oct 18 to Nov 2 

    Dehradun | Vaccination fair is being celebrated in the district from Oct 18 to Nov 2. Coupons will be given to citizens of the district who have taken the second dose.  Lucky draws will be held at Parade Ground Grounds at 5 pm on the dates of mega draws: Dr R Rajesh Kumar, DM (ANI) 

    20:55 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hyderabad's Char Minar illuminated in Tricolour to mark India's 100 crore COVID vaccination

    Hyderabad: Char Minar illuminated in Tricolour as part of Archaeological Survey of India's initiative to illuminate 100 monuments in the colours of National flag across the country as India achieves landmark milestone of administering 100 crore COVID vaccination (ANI)

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    20:48 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Historic moment for India to complete 1 billion doses, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria

    Historic moment for India to complete 1 billion doses, not only in terms of numbers but also because all doses were manufactured here... It will give new boost to those not vaccinated. This achievement proves that vaccine is safe, effective: Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director (ANI) 

    20:33 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 493 fresh COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths 

    Andhra Pradesh on Thursday recorded 493 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,62,303, while the death toll climbed to 14,327 with seven more deaths.

    Chittoor district accounted for the highest number of cases with 113 followed by Guntur with 74, a state government bulletin said, providing details during the last 24 hours ending 9 AM today.

    Active cases stood at 5,500.

    East Godavari and Chittoor Districts topped the chart with 992 active cases each followed by Krishna-799.

    With 552 people being cured, the total recoveries are at 20,42,476.

    Over 41,000 samples were examined today and cumulatively more than 2.91 crore samples have been tested.  (PTI) 

    20:01 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 8733 new COVID-19 case, 118 deaths in last 24 hours

    Kerala reports 8733 new COVID-19 case, 9855 recoveries and 118 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Total recoveries 47,79,228Death toll 27,202Active cases 81,496

    86,303 samples were tested during the last 24 hours (ANI)

    19:48 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: The nation has created history today. All the citizens have together crossed the milestone of 100 crore vaccinations, says President Ram Nath Kovind

    The nation has created history today. All the citizens have together crossed the milestone of 100 crore vaccinations. India has presented a new example of self-reliance before the world. I congratulate all the citizens for this achievement: President Ram Nath Kovind (ANI) 

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    19:29 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: ASI illuminating 100 monuments in Tricolour to commemorate 100 crore COVID vaccinations 

    Archaeological Survey of India of Ministry of Culture is illuminating 100 monuments in Tricolour across the country as India achieved landmark milestone of administrating 100 crore COVID vaccinations in one of the World’s largest and fastest vaccination drive: Ministry of Culture (ANI) 

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    19:28 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: ASI illuminating 100 monuments in Tricolour to commemorate 100 crore COVID vaccinations 

    Archaeological Survey of India of Ministry of Culture is illuminating 100 monuments in Tricolour across the country as India achieved landmark milestone of administrating 100 crore COVID vaccinations in one of the World’s largest and fastest vaccination drive: Ministry of Culture (ANI) 

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    19:10 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Keep wearing face masks until experts say otherwise, says Anurag Thakur 

    Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said that people should continue wearing face masks until experts say that they are no longer required.

    Briefing media on decisions taken during the Union Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, the minister for information and broadcasting was responding to a question about the use of masks being made voluntary in certain countries as over 75 per cent of their respective populations have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Thakur also urged people who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine yet, including the naysayers, to get themselves inoculated at the earliest to get protection against the disease.

    During the course of the pandemic, decisions were taken based on requirements, he said, adding that Covid protocols, such as maintaining physical distance, wearing masks and washing hands regularly, played a key role in controlling the further spread of the virus.

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    18:50 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: History scripted, India now has shield to combat Covid, says PM on 100 cr vaccine doses

    India has scripted history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as the COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100 crore milestone, and asserted that it now has a strong protective shield to combat the biggest pandemic in 100 years.

    Modi hailed the vaccination landmark as a triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians and visited Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital where he interacted with healthcare and frontline workers besides those being administered the jabs.

    Speaking via video conferencing after inaugurating the Infosys Foundation Vishram Sadan at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on the Jhajjar Campus of New Delhi AIIMS, Modi said this day of October 21, 2021 has been recorded in history.

    "To combat the biggest pandemic in 100 years, the country now has a strong protective shield of 100 crore vaccine doses. This achievement belongs to India, every citizen of India," he said, expressing gratitude to the those engaged in the programme.

    Modi tweeted, "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." 

    He added, "Today, when India has achieved a #VaccineCentury, I went to a vaccination centre at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The vaccine has brought pride and protection in the lives of our citizens." From discussing beneficiaries' hobbies to talking about the experience of healthcare workers, Modi touched upon various subjects during his visit to the RML Hospital.

    He also visited the vaccination centre at the hospital after the milestone was achieved.

    "Today, when India has achieved a #VaccineCentury, I went to a vaccination centre at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The vaccine has brought pride and protection in the lives of our citizens," he tweeted. (PTI)

    18:36 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, one death in last 24 hours

    Uttar Pradesh reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 14 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours.

    Total recoveries 16,87,062Death toll 22,899Active cases 107 (ANI) 

    18:30 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sweets were distributed to the staff of Union Health Ministry on completion of 100-crore COVID-19 vaccinations

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    18:03 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: The more you can vaccinate the population the faster you can also recover from the pandemic economically, says DG, WTO

    Since we've seen that the more you can vaccinate the population the faster you can also recover from the pandemic economically, I think it's a great signal. We can see that India is rebounding very fast with respect to economy, So, it's very good: Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, DG, WTO (ANI)

    17:44 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: It's absolutely significant that India has achieved a 1 billion doses target, says DG, WTO

    I think it's absolutely significant that India has achieved a 1 billion doses target. I want to congratulate the govt, PM Modi, Health Minister, my colleague the Commerce Minister, everyone. This is a huge achievement in very short period of time: Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, DG, WTO (ANI)

    17:29 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records 22 COVID-19 cases, zero death 

    Delhi records 22 COVID-19 cases, zero death; positivity rate at 0.05 per cent: Authorities (PTI) 

    16:18 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India Inc cheers 100-cr vaccine doses milestone

    India Inc cheered as the country has achieved the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, saying it will help place the economy on a high-growth path by attracting more investments. CII President T V Narendran said unyielding efforts and sacrifices made by India's researchers, doctors, healthcare workforce, administrative teams and police personnel are extraordinary and laudable. "This historic mission will help place the economy on a high-growth path and reinforce India's global leadership role," he added. Assocham Secretary General Deepak Sood said, "We are certain that after achieving the 100-crore mark, the pace for full vaccination of all eligible will pick up in the next few weeks and months. We would see further improvement in consumer confidence. However, we need to continue our vigil against the pandemic." (PTI)

    16:17 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mandaviya launches song, film as India hits Covid milestone

    As the cumulative vaccine doses administered in India surpassed the 100-crore mark, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday launched a song and a film describing the efforts that went behind the launch of the world's largest Covid inoculation programme. The Union Health minister launched the song and the film at the iconic Red Fort where the country's largest khadi tricolour, weighing around 1,400 kg, has been displayed.  The same tricolour (225 feet by 150 feet) was unfurled on Gandhi Jayanti at Leh. "Today India created history. It's a story of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sankalp'. 100 crore vaccine is a story of Atma Nirbhar Bharat," Mandaviya said at the event. The song has been sung by singer Kailash Kher. The audio-visual film is about how the entire process of vaccination was initiated and what efforts it took to launch the world's largest Covid inoculation programme.  The film also thanks doctors, nurses and everyone else who contributed in the largest vaccination drive and made it a success. (PTI)

    15:54 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Israel PM Naftali Bennett Congratulations PM Modi on leading India's successful vaccination campaign

    Congratulations to PM Modi on leading India's successful #COVID19 vaccination campaign that has now administered more than 1 billion vaccines to the Indian people. These life-saving vaccines are helping us all defeat the global pandemic: Naftali Bennett, PM of Israel (ANI)Image

    15:38 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Indian Medical Association salutes and PM Modi, all stakeholders for 100 crore vaccination feat

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    15:36 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: AIIMS Delhi celebrates completion of 100-cr Covid-19 vaccination mark

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    15:35 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi Metro displays messages on 100-crore vaccination milestone

    As the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 100 crore on Thursday, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) made announcements through its public address systems and displayed messages on panels in trains and at stations to mark the "momentous achievement", officials said. The Delhi Metro network's current span is nearly 392 km with 286 stations. It  includes Noida-Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro in Gurgaon. "The information regarding completion of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses is being shared through public address systems as well as audio visual screens across the Delhi Metro network including trains and stations to mark this momentous achievement by the nation," a senior official of the DMRC said. Commuters were on Thursday greeted with announcements made via public address systems and audio-visual panels streamed the messages on the landmark achievement. (PTI)

    15:09 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: US Embassy congratulates India on achieving 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination mark

    US Embassy congratulates India on achieving 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination mark (ANI)

    14:51 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Adult population in nine states, UTs received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    Over 75 per cent of India's adult population has  received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with nine states and UTs administering the first dose to all its 18-plus population. More than 31 per cent of the country's adult population has been administered both the doses, according to Union Health Ministry officials. So far, all adult people in nine states and union territories --  Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Dadra and Nagar Haveli  -- have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The top five states which have administered the highest number of doses are Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. "After 100 crore doses are administered, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against COVID-19," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had earlier said.  More than 103.5 crore (1,03,53,51,045)  COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs, the ministry said on Thursday. (PTI)

    14:42 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 100 crore vaccinations is a remarkable achievement, says Dr Renu Swarup

    History was created on October 21, 2021, when India successfully administered 100 crore COVID vaccines under the nationwide Vaccination Drive. On this major achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to all doctors, nurses and all those who accomplished this. Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology, talks to Financial Express Online about the huge feat of 100 crore vaccinations. READ FULL STORY HERE

    14:40 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tharoor credits govt for COVID vaccine milestone; Khera says 'insult' to families who suffered 'mismangement'

    Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said credit should be given to the government for achieving the 100-crore COVID vaccine dose landmark in the country, drawing a sharp response from party colleague Pawan Khera, who asserted that giving credit is an "insult" to millions of families that "suffered due to the mismanagement" of the pandemic. India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against COVID-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark on Thursday. Reacting to the development, Tharoor tweeted, "This is a matter of pride for all Indians. Let's give the Government credit." "After severe mismanagement of the second COVID wave & botching the vaccination orders that might have prevented it, Govt has now partly redeemed itself. It remains accountable for its earlier failures," the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram said. (PTI)

    14:35 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Bharat Biotech is proud to have contributed to this historic landmark, says Chairman & MD Krishna Ella on 100 cr vaccinations

    Bharat Biotech is proud to have contributed to this historic landmark. This is a unified effort of the Govt, vaccine manufacturers, healthcare workers&all the vaccinated citizens,making it a true success story of Atmanirbharta: Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman& MD on 100 cr vaccinations (ANI)Image

    14:33 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mandaviya launches a song and audio-visual film to celebrate vaccination milestone

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    14:18 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Healthcare industry leaders hail 100-crore COVID-19 vaccination milestone

    Healthcare industry leaders on Thursday hailed the country surpassing the 100-crore COVID-19 vaccination mark and termed it as a historic moment. Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla, whose company is one of the major providers of COVID-19 vaccine in the country, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various ministries and healthcare workers for achieving the milestone. "My heartiest congratulations, Shri @narendramodi Ji, as India crosses 1 billion doses of COVID vaccine inoculations today under your exemplary leadership. I also congratulate all the GOI ministries, agencies, & healthcare workers for their relentless efforts during this pandemic," he tweeted. Bharat Biotech Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella, while tagging PM Modi, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and others, tweeted: "Congratulations India. Thanx a Billion! A global feat achieved overcoming Covid Challenges Collaborations  Commitment Confidence Courage Compassion in PUBLIC HEALTH  CARE." Similarly, in a tweet, Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted: "PM Says "Triumph Of Indian Science" As 100 Crore Jabs Administered - Proud mega milestone. Jai hind Folded hands". In a statement Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap C Reddy noted that the milestone of 100 crore vaccination doses administered is an indication of the success of the government's vaccination programme. "Overcoming the challenges of the vast population spread across the length and breadth of our country is an achievement all Indians can be proud of. With the hope and reassurance of protection from disease provided by the vaccine, we can look forward to a return to normalcy!", he added. Apollo Hospitals, as the largest private vaccinator, pledges to support the government in working to achieve the target of vaccinating India's entire eligible population by December 2021, Reddy said. (PTI)

    14:10 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Hima Das tests negative for COVID-19

    Star Indian sprinter Hima Das on Thursday announced that she has tested negative for COVID-19, a week after contracting the virus. The 21-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on her return to the national camp at Patiala last week. One of the most exciting talents in Indian athletics, Das, who is making a comeback from a hamstring injury, took to Twitter to announce the development. "I am pleased to tell everyone that I have tested negative for Covid-19. Thank you all for the loving messages. Can't wait to get back on track. Hope everyone is safe and healthy. #TestedNegativeButStayingPositive #BackOnTrack," she wrote. Das had failed to make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics after missing the 200m qualification mark of 22.80s as she clocked 23.21s in the Federation Cup in March this year. (PTI)

    13:53 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Gujarat vaccinates 90 pc of eligible population with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    Gujarat has vaccinated 90 per cent of its eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 47 per cent beneficiaries are completely vaccinated against the deadly disease, state Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Patel congratulated the countrymen, as India achieved the milestone of administered 100 crore vaccine doses "under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi". As per the official figures, Gujarat has around 4.93 crore people above the age of 18, who are eligible to take the vaccine against coronavirus. Till 10 am, nearly 4.41 crore people, which comes to around 90 per cent, have received their first dose, while 2.35 crore have taken their second dose as well, the minister said. "At least 90 per cent of the eligible population has been given the first dose till today, while nearly 47 per cent, that is 2.32 crore, have been given the second dose. I urge people to come forward, so that we are able to vaccinate 100 per cent of the population with the first dose," Patel said. (PTI)

    13:39 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Home Minister Amit Shah congratulates country on vaccination milestone

    As the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crossed the 100-crore milestone, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the "historic and proud moment" has reacquainted the world with the immense potential of new India. He credited the creation of the record to the "visionary leadership and constant encouragement" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Today, India has achieved the target of administering over 100 crore coronavirus vaccines...this record has reacquainted the world with the immense potential of new India," he said in a tweet while congratulating the entire nation on the historic achievement. (PTI)

    13:34 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha registers over 500 fresh COVID-19 cases for third consecutive day

    Odisha on Thursday registered more than 500 fresh COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day. The state's coronavirus tally rose to 10,37,056 as 524 more people, including 82 children, tested positive for the infection; while two fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,298, a health official said. Odisha had registered 559 cases on Wednesday, 556 on Tuesday and 340 on Monday. The infection rate in the 0-18 age group stood at 15.64 per cent, higher than 12.70 per cent on Wednesday. As many as 308 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 216 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said, adding that the daily test positivity rate stood at 0.74 per cent. (PTI)

    13:33 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India shows exemplary capabilities to ensure people's welfare — Niti Aayog VC on vaccine milestone

    Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Thursday said India once again shows exemplary capabilities to deliver the solutions for ensuring people's welfare as the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crossed the 100-crore mark. India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark on Thursday. "India once again shows exemplary capabilities to deliver the solutions for ensuring people's welfare. Congratulations @mansukhmandviya for meeting honourable @PMOIndia's highest expectations," Kumar said in a tweet. (PTI)

    13:30 (IST)21 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 100-cr milestone achieved through made-in-India vaccines, says COVID Task Force chief

    As the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crossed the 100-crore milestone, COVID Task Force chief V K Paul said on Thursday said this is a remarkable feat and has been achieved through the vaccines which have been manufactured in India. Paul, also a Niti Aayog member, further said that this is an unusual feat and has been achieved in the short period of just nine months of our programme. "Today, India has achieved a landmark milestone. One hundred crore doses, 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in our nation," he told PTI. "What is even more remarkable is that this has been achieved through the vaccines which have been manufactured in India," he added. Paul, who has been playing a key role in the government's efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic further said, going forward, there is need to ensure that  those adults who are eligible for vaccine, must receive their first dose and these are 25 per cent of our adult population. (PTI)

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