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India vaccinates over 8 million people on day one of free COVID vaccines

22/06/2021 10:43 AM

NEW DELHI, June 22 -- More than eight million people received a vaccine against COVID-19 in India on the first day of free vaccination for the entire elderly population, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday, reported Sputnik.

"The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from today (June 21). In a landmark achievement, nearly 8.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered on the first day of the new phase of COVID-19 Vaccination," the statement said.

The government plans to accelerate the pace and scope of the nationwide vaccination, providing the free supply of vaccines to Indian regions procured by the regions themselves and private hospitals.

India still occupies the second place in the world in the number of people infected with COVID-19, having registered so far 29.9 million cases and over 388,000 deaths. The so-called Delta COVID-19 strain, first identified in India, which is more contagious and resistant to human immunity than others, is reportedly becoming the dominant one in the world and provoking new waves of infection in different countries.




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