As of Feb 12, 2021, 7.5 million Indians were administered the COVID-19 vaccine, making India the fastest in crossing the 70 lakh mark in 26 days.
On Feb 12, 2021, the Union Home Ministry said that over 75 lakh (7.5 million) people had been administered the COVID-19 vaccine so far. The government said India is the fastest country to cross the 70-lakh vaccination mark in 26 days.
"It took 27 days for the U.S. and 48 days for the UK to reach the same vaccination figures", a government press release read.
The Ministry also announced that country's 17 States/UTs reported zero COVID-19 deaths on Feb 11, and the country witnessed the lowest active cases per million population globally. Out of the total 70,17,114 vaccinations, there were 57,05,228 healthcare workers (HCWs) and 13,11,886 front line workers (FLWs). It added that 1,43,056 sessions had been conducted so far.
The government release added that over 65% of the health care workers had received the jab in 13 states and UTs. The Maximum vaccinations took place in Bihar (79%) and the lowest in Puducherry (17.5%).
The country gave the nod to the use of two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in January. Currently, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Serum Institute's Covishield are being given to the healthcare and frontline workers. Both require two doses 28 days apart.
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