India sets one-day vaccination record with 20 million doses administered

In India, where the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus was first registered and where 33 million people have been infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the vaccination campaign is gaining speed, British public broadcaster BBC reports.
The government of the South Asian country seeks to vaccinate all eligible Indians by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive needs to pick up a consistent pace to meet the target. Over a half of India’s eligible population – some 594 million people – have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to official data.
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Fully vaccinated since January 2021, there are only about 20% of eligible adults. The world’s second most populous country is using three vaccines – the British-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covaxin by Indian firm Bharat Biotech and Russia-made Sputnik V.
In a record on Friday, September 17, India administered more than 20 million Covid vaccine doses in a day. The effort was to mark the 71 birthday of prime minister Narendra Modi, BBC reports.