India on Friday administered a record one crore vaccine doses, the highest single day tally achieved since the roll out of the COVID-19 immunisation drive on January 16. As per the provisional data, the country reported 1,00,64,032 vaccinations on Friday, and crossed 62 crore cumulative vaccinations. The record vaccinations reported on Friday comes in the backdrop on increase in supply of vaccine doses to the state.
Uttar Pradesh led the way by inoculating over 29 lakh beneficiaries in a single day. Four states reported more than five lakh vaccinations: Karnataka (10.79 lakh); Maharashtra (9.84 lakh); Haryana (6 lakh); and West Bengal (5.47 lakh). With this, August is India’s biggest vaccination month crossing 15 crore doses so far. This is higher than 13.45 crore doses given in July and 11.97 crore doses given in June. The last highest was July at 13.45 crore doses. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed those behind the vaccination drive and also praised people getting inoculated. “Record vaccination numbers today! Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat. Kudos to those getting vaccinated and those making the vaccination drive a success,” he tweeted. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in a tweet, said, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas… This is the same effort by which the country has crossed the figure of more than 1 crore vaccines in one day. This is the result of tireless work of health workers and PM Narendra Modi.”