Music and film at Fort Rouge today to celebrate 1 billion Covid vaccines
India is set to administer one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the start of the day, a milestone after a slow start, even as a recent drop in vaccinations worries the government and healthcare providers. health care.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song and audio-visual film at Delhi’s Red Fort around noon to “celebrate this historic milestone,” his ministry said.
The country has already injected 998.5 million doses, including nearly 90% of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally by the Serum Institute of India.
“I call on all unvaccinated Indians to get vaccinated quickly and to contribute to our historic golden vaccination journey,” Mandaviya said on Twitter.
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The government wants all 944 million Indian adults to be vaccinated this year. To date, 75% of them have received at least one dose and 31% have received two.
India has so far reported 34.1 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 452,000 deaths, most during a second wave of Delta variant infections that swept across the country between April and May.
A “significant number” of people in India missed their second dose on schedule despite adequate supplies, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as new infections fell to their lowest since early March.
Daily injections have averaged 5 million this month, a fifth of September’s peak, although states have record stocks of more than 100 million as domestic production of the AstraZeneca vaccine soars.
Despite the current low number of infections, ministry officials have urged people to get vaccinated quickly, especially as the current festival season means family reunions and mass shopping, increasing the risk of a new wave of infections.