India crosses 20 crore cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage

India has crossed 20 crore cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage on Wednesday. India achieved this milestone in 130 days since the start of the vaccination drive. The vaccination coverage crossed the 20 crore mark with 20 crore 6 lakh 62 thousand 456 doses including over 15 crore 71 lakh first dose and over four crore 35 lakh second dose of vaccines.

Health Ministry said over 34 percent population above 45 years has received at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in India till date. Similarly, over 42 percent of above 60 years of population in India has received at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

India is the second country after the US to achieve this coverage in just 130 days. The US took 124 days to reach the 20 crore mark. Other leading countries in vaccination drive include the UK which has reached 5.1 crore mark in 168 days, Brazil that reached 5.9 crore mark in 128 days, and Germany which reached 4.5 crore mark in 149 days. India is using three vaccines against COVID-19 in its immunization drive. These include two made in India vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin. The Russian Sputnik is the third vaccine to get approval for Emergency Use Authorisation and is being used in few private hospitals.


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