India achieved a new milestone in its Covid vaccination drive by administering over 1 crore doses on Friday, its highest single-day count so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the people for making the immunisation exercise a success.
"Record vaccination numbers today! Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat. Kudos to those getting vaccinated and those making the vaccination drive a success," he tweeted.
Record vaccination numbers today!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2021
Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat. Kudos to those getting vaccinated and those making the vaccination drive a success.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the hard work of health workers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's free vaccine for all initiative is showing results.
सबका साथ— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) August 27, 2021
यह वही प्रयास है जिससे देश ने 1 दिन में 1 करोड़ से अधिक टीके लगाने का आँकड़ा पार कर लिया है। स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों का अथक परिश्रम व PM @NarendraModi जी का #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine का दृढ़ संकल्प रंग ला रहा है। pic.twitter.com/hHlUU4q3fv
Data on the CoWIN portal showed 1,02,06,475 vaccine doses had been administered on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had tweeted that 62 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines had been administered in the country so far.
As per the CoWIN portal, over 14 crore people in the country have received both doses of Covid vaccines.
Uttar Pradesh administered the highest number of doses at 28.62 lakh, followed by Karnataka at 10.79 lakh doses, as per data on the CoWIN website.
The pace of vaccination in the country picked up following a policy reversal in June when the centre started providing vaccines free of charge to all above the age of 18 and took back control of vaccination from states.
The centre also started buying 75 per cent of the vaccines produced by companies, including 25 per cent assigned to states. Private hospitals continue to buy the remaining 25 per cent and inoculate those willing to pay for their jabs.
Walk-in registration was opened up to step up the pace of vaccination in the wake of concerns that digital divide and glitches on the CoWIN portal were proving to be hurdles in the immunisation exercise.
Amid fears of third wave of Covid infections, the country is now racing against time to meet its target of fully vaccinating its adult population by the end of this year.