The Y netnews reported according to Reuters, India celebrated the milestone of administering one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday, with the government promoting the achievement in song and video even as a recent drop in inoculations worries healthcare providers.
The report said that after a slow beginning in the middle of January, India’s immunization campaign has covered three-quarters of its 944 million adults with at least one dose but only 31% with two. The government wants all adults to get vaccinated this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter: “India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of (1.3 billion) Indians.”
Modi marked the occasion with a visit to a government hospital in New Delhi. The health ministry announced musical and other programs across the country, and special illuminations of national monuments including a colonial-era jail.