On Tuesday, Union health ministry officials said that the country has vaccinated 32 crore people in 163 days, and this milestone was achieved faster than the United States.
“India has taken a clear lead in total vaccine doses administered in the world. India surpassed the US and took 163 days to reach the 32 crore benchmark. The US took 193 days,” the Union health ministry official said in a weekly press briefing.
Giving a detail, the health ministry’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal said that a total of 27.27 crore people met with the first dose of vaccine and 5.84 crore people met with the second dose of vaccine.
According to the officials, from May 1 to June 24, 56% of the Covid-19 vaccine doses were given in rural areas, 44% in urban areas.
Verifying the fall of India’s lethal second wave, the joint secretary said India’s recovery rate has been recorded at 96.9%.
“There is a speedy drop in cases since India touched a peak, including a gradual decrease in cases in districts,” Agarwal said.
Meanwhile, the health ministry officials also approved the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine by India’s drug controller DCGI. “New drug authority has been given to Moderna, the first globally developed vaccine. This new drug permission, however, is for limited use. Now, there are four vaccines: Covaxin, Covishield, SputnikV and Moderna,” health secretary VK Paul said.
Sooner, India will close the deal on Pfizer as well, Paul said.