India surpasses US in total vaccine doses administered

India surpasses US in total Covid-19 vaccine doses administered

India logged 46,148 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of cases to 3,02,79,331

The country registered 979 fresh fatalities due to Covid-19 in a day, the lowest in 76 days. Credit: AFP Photo

India has overtaken the US in the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

While India launched the Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16, and has administered over 32.36 crore doses till date, the US which started its inoculation drive on December 14, 2020 has given over 32.33 crore doses.

"India achieves another milestone in Covid-19 vaccination and overtakes USA in total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered," the ministry said.

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeded 32.36 crores on Sunday. A total of 32,36,63,297 vaccine doses have been administered through 43,21,898 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Monday, the ministry said.

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It said 17,21,268 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

According to the data, so far 1,01,98,257 healthcare workers have taken the first dose while 72,07,617 have taken the second dose.

As many as 1,74,42,767 frontline workers have received the first dose while 93,99,319 have taken the second dose.In the 18-44 age group, 8,46,51,696 individuals have taken then first dose, while 19,01,190 have received the second dose.

In the 45-59 age group, 8,71,11,445 people have been administered the first dose, while 1,48,12,349 have taken the second dose.

Besides, 6,75,29,713 people aged above 60 years have received the first dose, while, 2,34,08,944 have taken the second dose.

The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from June 21.

Also, 15,70,515 tests were conducted on Sunday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 40,63,71,279.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.94 per cent. It has been less than five per cent for 21 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.81 per cent.

(With inputs from PTI)

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