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India vaccinates 10 million in one day

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 28th August, 2021 12:55:42 PM
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India vaccinates 10 million in one day

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India has given more than 10 million Covid-19 jabs in a single day for the first time, authorities said Saturday, as the South Asian giant bolsters its defences for a predicted new surge.

The health ministry said the 10 million landmark was passed on Friday, beating the country's previous daily record of 9.2 million, reports AFP.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the milestone as a "momentous feat" for the nation of 1.3 billion people.

The government had aimed to vaccinate about 1.1 billion adults by the end of the year. Only around 15 percent have had two doses since the drive began in January.

India's daily infection count has dropped dramatically since the devastating surge in April-May which overwhelmed its creaking health infrastructure.