On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya disclosed that India has administered 900 million Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday.
Taking it to Twitter, Mandaviya wrote, "India crosses the landmark of 90 crore COVID19 vaccinations. Shastri ji gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan - Jai Kisan'. Revered Atal ji added 'Jai Vigyan' and PM @Narendra Modi Ji gave the slogan 'Jai Anusandhan'. Today the result of anusandhan is this corona vaccine.#JaiAnusandhan.”
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is aiming to vaccinate every adult individual in the country by December 2021.
Earlier in the day, the ministry said that the Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country while adding, “The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.”
The government also informed that over 5.28 crore of unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs.
It is to be mentioned that the first phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, starting with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started on February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination started from March 1 for people over 60 years and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. Further, all people aged more than 45 were vaccinated from April 1.
Following this, the vaccination drive expanded by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.