India hits record 8 million vaccinations in single day
New Delhi, Jun 21 (EFE).- India reached a record 8 million Covid-19 inoculations in a single day on Monday, as the vaccination campaign opens up free registration for all adults in the country.
According to official figures, a total of 8.2 million jabs were administered across the country, home to roughly 1.35 billion people.
India has administered more than 283 million doses in little more than five months, with 233 million residents having received a first jab and 50.5 million fully vaccinated.
“Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight Covid-19,” tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Well done India!”
The country has vaccinated a steady three million people on average every day, with the last record high being reached in April at 4.2 million.
The upswing comes as the government allowed people aged 18-45 to get vaccinated free of charge.
Until now, only those older than 45 were offered the jab for free.
The Health Ministry confirmed 53,000 new Covid-19 infections Monday, as India recovers from a second wave of infections that peaked in May at 400,000 cases and 4,000 deaths in a single day. EFE