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In India vaccination drive jumps four fold as Prime Minister is inoculated

The data shows almost 21 million shots have been administered in India so far, with a record of 1.6 million people received the vaccine on Saturday. While only 5.6 million Indians had vaccinated a month ago.

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inoculated the Covid-19 vaccine on 1st March, so far India has seen four-fold in vaccination drive, as per data compiled by Sunday Bloomberg and John Hopkins University.

 

The data shows almost 21 million shots have been administered in India so far,

with a record of 1.6 million people received the vaccine on Saturday. While only 5.6 million Indians had vaccinated a month ago.

 

In the beginning, India had witnessed a lukewarm vaccination drive. People were hesitating to get vaccine shot, due to its controversial approval before the clinical trials.

 

But after Modi got vaccinated and urged people to do so, it gained unexpected momentum.

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On 1st March, as it marked the beginning of the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, India had targeted to inject the Corona Virus vaccine to everyone above 60 years of age, and even those above the age of 45 with co-morbidities.

 

“Eligible citizens can get vaccine shot for free in government hospitals and 250 Rs. The per dose will be charged in private hospitals”, said the Union Health Ministry.

 

Some of the biggest companies operating in India have said they will cover the cost of their employees and families for vaccination, including Accenture Plc, Infosys Ltd. And Reliance Industries Ltd.

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In a letter to its employees,  Nita Ambani, Director of Reliance Ltd. Said,” With your support, we will soon be able to put this pandemic behind us”. 

 

To boost the morale of people  Prime Minister Modi was injected with the Covaxin vaccine, an indigenous vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Ltd.

 

India has authorised the use of Covaxin along with AstraZeneca Plc.

Earlier this month, Bharat Biotech announced that the Covaxin vaccine showed a strong effect of 81 per cent in those without prior infection after a second dose.

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