India administered over two crore COVID-19 vaccines until 5 pm on Friday, 17 September, news agency ANI reported, sourcing CoWin data.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to set a record of administering the maximum number of COVID-19 vaccines in a day on Friday, which happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday.
India has already administered more than one crore COVID-19 vaccines in a day more than once. The BJP aspired to get more than 1.5 crore vaccines administered on Friday.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet in Hindi, "On the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has crossed the historical figure of 2 crore vaccines in a day, setting a new record."
#VaccineSeva को चरितार्थ करते हुए स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों एवं देशवासियों की तरफ़ से प्रधानमंत्री जी को उपहार।
प्रधानमंत्री @NarendraModi जी के जन्मदिन पर आज भारत ने नया कीर्तिमान स्थापित करते हुए एक दिन में 2 करोड़ टीके लगाने का ऐतिहासिक आँकड़ा पार किया है।
Well done India! pic.twitter.com/P94vXMN4Ow
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 17, 2021
"What can be more special than protecting people for which the Prime Minister is working day and night. It is a matter of pride that we have two Covid vaccines in our name, and we have been able to protect citizens from this deadly pandemic. It would be a befitting tribute to PM Modi, who strived hard to ensure people remain protected from Covid," BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh was quoted as saying by ANI. He said that party chief JP Nadda wanted to celebrate PM Modi's birthday in a special way.
Mandaviya had earlier in the day urged people to get vaccinated, saying that it would be an ideal gift for PM Modi on his birthday.
‘सबको वैक्सीन, मुफ़्त वैक्सीन’ की PM @NarendraModi जी ने देश को सौग़ात दी है!
कल हम सबके प्रिय प्रधानमंत्री जी का जन्मदिन है, चलो #VaccineSeva कर जिन्होंने वैक्सीन नहीं ली है, ऐसे अपनों को, परिजनों को और समाज के सभी तबकों को टीका लगवाकर, उनको जन्मदिन का उपहार देते हैं।
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 16, 2021
Earlier, National Health Authority chief RS Sharma had tweeted, "Celebrating the relentless efforts of India's vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second."
Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second. Check new feature - https://t.co/YhG7gjKdEm #VaccineSeva pic.twitter.com/0nKWiqeZxd
— Dr. RS Sharma (@rssharma3) September 17, 2021
Senior leaders in the party said this would be a befitting reply to all those who tried to create a vaccine hesitancy among the people of the country for political reasons, ANI reported.
Over 57 lakh doses were administered in the country till 7 pm on Thursday, taking the overall vaccination figure to more than 77 crore.
(With inputs from ANI)
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