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     geemong updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago 1 Member · 1 Post
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    July 19, 2022 at 4:15 am

    India becomes second country to cross two billion Covid

    India has administered more than two billion Covid vaccination doses, becoming the second country to hit the milestone after China.

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    “This has strengthened the global fight against Covid-19,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday.

    India’s achievement comes amid a rise in Covid cases in many states.

    The government has asked states to step up surveillance of infections. It has also been trying to expand the booster dose programme across the country.

    Last week, India began a drive to give free booster doses – or precaution doses, as the government calls it – to all adults for 75 days. The time period is to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence on 15 August.

    Until now, only frontline workers, health workers and people above 60 years were eligible for free booster doses. Others had to pay for it.

    The move came days after the country cut the gap between the second and third doses of the vaccine to six months from nine.

    The Hindustan Times newspaper reported last week that 92% of Indians who were eligible for a booster dose haven’t taken it yet.

    Over 55 million booster doses have been administered so far since the programme began in January. The drive was initially open to healthcare and frontline workers, and those above 60 years with comorbidities. It was later expanded to all adults.

    A vaccine programme for 15- to 18-year-olds began in January, and for 12- to -14-year-olds in March.

    According to India’s health ministry, 98% of adults have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, while 90% have been fully vaccinated.

    China has administered around 3.4 billion doses of the vaccine so far, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

    So far, India has reported around 43.5 million Covid cases, second only to the US, and around 525,242 deaths – behind the US and Brazil.

    On Monday, the country reported 20,528 daily cases for the past 24 hours, a four-month high.

    States such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have seen a jump in daily active cases over the past few weeks.

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