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India crosses one billion jabs mark

Headlines 16:31 21 Oct, 2021

It has fully vaccinated about 30% (291 million) of the eligible population and 707 million have had a first dose

India crosses one billion jabs mark

How do you vaccinate a billion people? This is what India has achieved in less than a year, administering more than a billion Covid jabs since it started its vaccination drive in January, Qazet.az reports citing BBC.

It achieved this milestone in 278 days - the first vaccine was given on 16 January.

To do that, it, on average, administered 3.6 million doses per day.

It has fully vaccinated about 30% (291 million) of the eligible population and 707 million have had a first dose.

India aims to fully vaccinate about a billion people by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive needs to pick up pace further to meet the target.

This milestone makes India the second country to reach the one billion mark - China crossed it in June.