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Free vaccine program covers 40 crore citizens

Free vaccine program covers 40 crore citizens

The government initiated a free vaccine for all adults aged above 18 years from June 21. Before that, people above 44 years were announced free vaccines.

All other people aged between 18 – 44 years were supposed to buy vaccines on their own or to get from the states. But, due to criticism by the opposition parties and recommendations from the apex court, the Centre decided to provide free vaccines to all adult citizens in the country.

In this context, many citizens showed interest in getting a vaccination. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that under the ‘vaccine for all, free vaccine’ campaign, around 40 crore people get vaccinated. He added that 10 crore people were inoculated in the beginning. It took 85 days. But, now, in 24 days, 40 crore people received jabs.

There are many reasons for this. Many states and UTs planned for vaccines and streamlined the supply chain well in advance. Besides, the availability of vaccines in the country also increased.

India crossed the administration of 400 million vaccine doses to citizens on Saturday and achieved a key milestone. With this, India became the country that administered the highest number of shots than any other country, except China. That means around one-third of India’s population has received at least one dose of vaccine. However, due to challenges like a shortfall of supplies and production, nearly two-thirds of eligible people have not received a single dose of vaccine. The government is trying to overcome the challenges. Vaccine manufacturers are also ramping up their vaccine production.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while briefing media before the Monsoon Session of Parliament, said that more than 40 crore people became Baahubali. He called all those who took vaccination as Baahubali in the fight against COVID-19. Vaccination is the only way to fight against COVID-19, and currently, 40 crore people took vaccines.

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