New Delhi, Jun 28 (EFE).- India surpassed the United States on Monday in the total number of doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered, with more than 323.6 million jabs administered in nearly six months of its national immunization program.
According to official data from the Ministry of Health early Monday, India has administered a total of 323,663,297 doses so far.
This number exceeds the 323.3 million vaccines in the United States so far, even though the US began its vaccination program a month earlier than India, according to comparative data from the Indian authorities.
About 267 million people have received at least one dose, and just over 56 million people have been administered both the doses needed for complete immunization.
However, country of more than 1.35 billion still lags behind in its target of vaccinating 300 million people in the first six months, which will be completed on July 16.
Reaching the target of 300 million would mean covering a third of its adult population as according to official data, about 950 million citizens are over the age of 18.
India has accelerated its vaccination campaign in recent days, with a record of more than nine million people getting a jab on Monday last week.
However, in order to reach its own goal of immunizing 300 people by July 16, the country needs to administer some 12 million shots in every day.
According to the government and experts, complete immunization of the population in the shortest possible time is the only viable way out of the coronavirus crisis.
With 46,148 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours by the Ministry of Health, India is recovering from the impact of a virulent second wave that peaked in the second week of May, with more than 400,000 infections in a day and more than 4,000 deaths. EFE