Vaccination drive: India’s one million shots in 6 days is world’s fastest rollout
NEW DELHI: The six days that it took India to administer more than one million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 makes it the fastest rollout of a million vaccine shots against the pandemic among countries that have placed their inoculation data in the public domain.
A week into India’s vaccination drive, which began on January 16, nearly 1.3 million (12.7 lakh) shots have been administered, the health ministry said. By Thursday night, 10.4 lakh vaccines had been given, the government stated.
Prior to this, the fastest known rollout of Covid-19 vaccines took place in the US, which achieved a million doses in 10 days of launching the vaccination drive on December 14 last year. The UK, where inoculations began on December 8, had vaccinated around 130,000 people in the first week and had reached close to a million doses only by December 26.
The rollout details in China, where 15 million doses had reportedly been administered by January 20, are not publicly available. The head of Chinese government-owned Sinopharm Group, which has developed a Covid vaccine that is being widely used, was quoted by Nature journal as saying China had achieved one million vaccinations in November itself.
Globally, nearly 57m vaccine shots had been given till Thursday, with the US leading the way with 17.5m doses, followed by China (15m), the UK (5.4m), Israel (3.3m), UAE (2.3m), Germany (1.4m), Italy (1.3m), Turkey (1.1m) and Spain (1.1m). India was in 10th place till Thursday night, the latest period based on which comparisons can be made.
However, while India's rollout has been the swiftest so far despite a late start
I live in Canada and close to Detroit. I see the mess in both Canada and USA and compared to this India has done far better. Is it not the effective and efficient leadership of Modi?
Canada has few people compared to india. India needs more than 1000 million doses(each person needs 2 doses). It is a very steep target.
I appreciate the efforts of govt and Vaccine companies for their great work. Feel great about India under our honorable PM NaMo
Shankara Rao T S
Well done India - rolling out indigenously developed vaccine in shortest possible time, vaccinated people at fast rate more than 1.27 million people in 6 days despite strong misleading information confusing people by Congress. Also supplied millions of doses to all its' neighbouring countries excepting Pakistan. India has demonstrated its leadership in indigenous vaccine development not only for its countrymen but also to the countries around the world !
Just imagine if Manmohan Singh was still the PM , and Sonia Gandhi was the super PM. Only politicians would get vaccine first
Great job done by all units of the governement.
Well, India have done a very good job in this area also. We congratulate Modi government and all Indians.
Why Modi is not taking it??