India was praised by the World Health Organization for administering 10 crore vaccine doses in just 13 days.


India crossed the 75-crore mark in vaccine coverage on Monday, with the administration of 7,688,373 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours. India’s vaccine coverage stood at a cumulative 751,230,971 (75.12 crore) on Monday night as per the Cowin dashboard. Of this, 570,781,531 (57 crore) people have got their first dose and 180,449,440 (18 crore) both the doses.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday congratulated India for accelerating its COVID-19 vaccination. “@WHO congratulates #India for accelerating #COVID19 vaccination,” tweeted the official Twitter handle of WHO South-East Asia.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also congratulated the country for crossing the 75-crore mark on the 75th year of Independence, terming the vaccination drive as “the world’s largest vaccination campaign” which is “continuously creating new dimensions”.

Mandaviya tweeted, “Congratulations India! PM @NarendraModi With the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas, the world’s largest vaccination campaign is continuously creating new dimensions. #AazadiKaAmritMahotsav That is, in the 75th year of independence, the country has crossed the figure of 75 crore vaccinations.”

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of WHO South-East Asia, congratulated India for its fast pace of vaccination. “While it took 85 days to administer the first 100 (10 crore) million doses, India reached 750 million doses from 650 million in just 13 days,” she said.

As per government data, the recovery of 37,687 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 32,447,032. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.54%.

Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 daily new cases that is being reported for 78 consecutive days now. 27,254 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The active caseload is presently 374, 269. Active cases presently constitute 1.13% of the country’s total positive cases.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be ramped up. The last 24 hours saw a total of 1,208,247 tests were being conducted. India has so far conducted over 54.30 Cr cumulative tests.

While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, the weekly positivity rate at 2.11% remains less than 3% for the last 80 days now. The daily positivity rate was reported to be 2.26%. The daily positivity rate has remained below 3% for the last 14 days and below 5% for 97 consecutive days.

Meanwhile, Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, said that WHO’s global centre for traditional medicine will come up in India: “@WHO Global Centre for traditional medicine coming up in India, as agreed between @DrTedros and PM @narendramodi @PMOIndia”.

She wrote that it “will be a Centre for research, training & evidence synthesis for all forms of TM & integration into PHC”.