India on Thursday (October 21) administered its billionth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the health ministry said, six months after a devastating spike in cases that raised fears of a collapse in the health system. According to the government, around three-quarters of adults in the country of 1.3 billion people have received an injection and around 30% are fully vaccinated.
India saw a big spike in April and May, recording more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths daily, with many hospitals unable to cope and crematoria overwhelmed. Since then, cases have fallen sharply, with fewer than 15,000 infections per day, and most activities have returned to normal.
India is the second country to administer 1 billion doses after China, with more than 2.3 billion doses, according to the Chinese government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the medics. Special announcements were made at train stations and airports and monuments were lit up in national colors to celebrate this milestone. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will perform an unreleased song by singer Kailash Kher and audiovisual production at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. “Happy birthday to India! This is the result of the capable leadership of visionary Prime Minister Modihe tweeted.
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