India hits big one billion COVID-19 vaccination milestone

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India crossed a major milestone on Thursday as the cumulative COVID-19 vaccination crossed the 100 crore doses.

As per government data, as of now 75 percent of India's population has got at least one dose and 31 percent have had two.

Shortly after India achieved the milestone, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya lauded PM Narendra Modi's leadership and tweeted India for its achievement.

According to official data, eight states have crossed the six-crore mark (cumulative vaccinations): Uttar Pradesh (12.08 crore), Maharashtra (9.23 crore), West Bengal (6.82 crore), Gujarat (6.73 crore), Madhya Pradesh (6.67 crore), Bihar (6.30 crore), Karnataka (6.13 crore) and Rajasthan (6.07 crore).

Also read: From glitches to glory: How India transformed its COVID-19 vaccination drive

India's COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on 16 January 2021. In the first phase, only health care and frontline workers were administered the jabs.

The vaccination drive was expanded on 1 March to include people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 with co-morbidities. The vaccination programme was then expanded to all on 1 May when it was opened up to those above the age of 18 years.

To mark the milestone, the government has planned massive celebrations across the country, including the launch of a song by Kailash Kher and the largest khadi tricolour in the country, weighing around 1,400 kg, to be displayed at the Red Fort.

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