New Delhi: India has become the first country in the world to reach the 5 million COVID-19 vaccination mark in just 21 days, the Union Health Ministry said as nearly 53 lakh beneficiaries have been administered shots under the countrywide inoculation exercise till Friday evening.
The USA, the UK and Israel have reached 5 million vaccinations in 24, 43 and 45 simultaneous days respectively.
“The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was conducted successfully on the twenty-first day as well,” the ministry said.
The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 is nearly 53 lakhs.
A total of 52,90,474 beneficiaries were vaccinated through 1,04,781 sessions, as per the provisional report comprising data collected till Friday 6 pm.
As many as “3,31,029 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till 6 pm on the 21st day of the vaccination drive,” the ministry said, adding, the final report would be completed by late in the night.
The final report would be completed for the day by late Friday night, the ministry said.