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More people in India received at least one dose of Covid vaccine than in the US: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: India has administered at least one dose of anti-Covid jabs to 17.2 crore people, surpassing the US where 16.9 crore people have received at least the first shot as of June 3, the government said on Friday underscoring that all efforts are directed toward rapidly increasing vaccine supplies and coverage.
“We have surpassed the US in terms of the number of people who have received at least a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is reassuring that we are constantly improving and intensifying the vaccination campaign and it will intensify much more in the days. “said Dr. VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog (Health).
At least 43% of the population over 60 in India has been covered with at least one dose and 37% of the population over 45 years old has been covered with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines .
While India has surpassed the US in terms of the absolute number of people who were given at least one opportunity, as a percentage of the population, India’s 12.6% pales compared to the US’s 50.6%. Until now. Additionally, the US has fully vaccinated 13.7 million people, while the number for India is $ 4.4 million. The United States, however, started its vaccination program a month before India and in population figures, it is just over Rs 33 million compared to India’s 138 million rupees.
While the breakdown of how many received the first injection and how many have been fully vaccinated was not available for China, it has administered doses of 72.3 crore, meaning that at least half that number, or 36 crore, have received one or more. injections. .
“I want to call for an improvement in the rate of vaccination and I want to call on older people to get vaccinated. Hopefully we will reach 50 percent in the next few weeks,” said Dr. Paul. Overall, India has administered doses of 22.75 million rupees as of Friday at 7 pm, including doses of 2.58 million rupees to people between the ages of 18 and 44.
The government expects vaccine supplies to begin to improve from July, resulting in a higher number of inoculations per day. Its goal is to vaccinate about 1 million people a day in mid-July and August and to step up momentum to cover all adults 18 and older by December. However, at present, the focus of the Center is to achieve maximum coverage among the vulnerable population older than 60 years and with comorbidities.

Times of India