On first day of the universal Covid vaccination campaign, India delivers a record 8.6 million doses

Since the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination push began on January 16, 2021, almost 300 million vaccine doses have been given across the country.

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According to the Union health ministry, India gave over 8.6 million vaccine doses against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in a single day, the largest single-day amount ever recorded in the world.

On June 1, the new universal Covid-19 vaccination policy was into effect. The Centre purchased and distributed 75 per cent of all vaccine supplies generated in India to states for free to immunise all adults. The Centre then started the universal immunisation programme against Covid-19 from Monday to offer states with free vaccinations for the 18-45 group, a move that is likely to assist in scale-up daily vaccination numbers.

Since the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination push began on January 16, 2021, almost 300 million vaccine doses have been given across the country.

“This was a huge number for a single day, and while this may not be possible to sustain daily in June due to limited vaccine supplies, it appears that about 5 million vaccine doses should be administered in a day,” said a senior government official familiar with the developments, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

India could be able to deliver near to 10 million doses per day by August, according to Dr NK Arora, head of the working group on Covid-19 vaccinations, with vaccine supplies anticipated to improve in the following weeks.

So far, the Center has given almost 300 million vaccine doses to states, with nearly 270 million doses used. According to the Union health ministry, at least 20 million pills are still accessible with states to be delivered, and close to 3.3 million doses are in the queue to be distributed to states in the next three days.

By August, the government expects to get 200-250 million doses every month, thanks to vaccine manufacturers like Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech ramping up their manufacturing capacity.

The vaccination push in India began with healthcare personnel and was subsequently expanded to cover all frontline employees on February 2 and then everyone over 60 and anyone over 45 with co-morbidities on March 1.

It was increased on April 1 to cover everyone over the age of 45. Then, in response to public and state demand, the drive was expanded to include everyone above the age of 18, however, states were instructed they would be responsible for the vaccinations of individuals aged 18 to 45. Vaccinations were also permitted to be offered at regulated rates in private institutions.

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