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Covid-19 vaccine shortage woes to end soon as India plans to procure 25 crore doses per month

A day after India scripted a world record of the highest number of COVID-19 jabs administered in 24 hours, sources in the government have informed that the Centre plans to procure more than 25 crore doses of the shot every month.

“India to get about 20 crore doses of Covishield and 3.5 crore doses of Covaxin this month, and the target is to procure more than 25 crore doses per month,” sources said, according to news agency ANI.

The development is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of vaccinating the entire 135 crore population of the country with at least one dose of the jab by the end of this year.

It is also crucial as the potential third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is knocking on the doors.

Medical staff across India on Friday administered more than 2.50 crore vaccines on the occasion of PM Modi’s 71st birthday.

“Congratulations India! India has created history on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. By administering more than 2.50 crore vaccine doses, a golden chapter has been written in the history of the country and the world. Today’s day is dedicated to health workers,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on social media platform Twitter yesterday.

By achieving this feat, India surpassed the highest one-day record set by China of inoculating 2.47 crore people in 24 hours.

PM Modi lauded the efforts of the healthcare staff and expressed gratitude to his well-wishers by saying “we will not rest till we achieve the dream of strong, prosperous and inclusive India”.

“Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers… I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success. Let us keep boosting vaccination to defeat COVID-19,” he said in a series of tweets.

“Countless individuals and organisations have immersed themselves in some or the other noble deed of community service today. I salute them for their noteworthy efforts. There is nothing better than giving back to society and helping others… Our shared journey continues…there is much to be done. We will not rest till we have achieved our dream of a strong, prosperous and inclusive India… India our freedom fighters devoted their lives for. Jai Hind!” he added.

 

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