In another milestone, India administered more Covid-19 vaccine doses than all of G7 nations put together, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. The ministry informed that over 18 crore (180 million) vaccine doses were administered in the month of August. This was more doses than all the Group of Seven (G7) countries – Canada, the UK, the US, Italy, Germany, France and Japan – put together, according to an official statement.
“Yet another achievement! With more than 180 million vaccine doses administered in the month of August, India leaves a mark on the Global map of leading its way in vaccinating its population on priority. #LargestVaccineDrive,” the government’s social media handle MyGovIndia tweeted. The government aims to vaccinate all eligible Indians by the end of 2021. It has so far given more than 686 million doses of three approved jabs. Sharing the data, the Centre said that more than 180 million vaccine doses were administered in the country last month, while the G7 states administered only 101 million doses. More than half of India’s eligible population – some 473 million people – have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, official data says. But only about 17% of eligible adults have been fully vaccinated since the beginning of the drive in January. According to a press statement, more than 66.89 crore (66,89,80,635) vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far through the government of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. Currently, only those aged 18 and above are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19.