New Delhi: India has overtaken the US in the total number of COVID vaccines administered so far, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here on Monday.
While India has administered over 32.36 crore doses so far since January 16, the US, where the vaccination drive started on December 14, 2020, has given more than 32.33 crore jabs.
'India's cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 32.36 crores yesterday. A total of 32,36,63,297 vaccine doses have been administered through 43,21,898 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 17,21,268 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours,' the Ministry said.
The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June 21.
Don't buy on rumours, vaccines are safe: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated that anti-Covid-19 vaccines are safe and people should not fall prey to rumours at all and everyone should be vaccinated at the earliest.
Addressing the nation on the 78th edition of his monthly radio programme" Man Ki Baat", Mr Modi urged the countrymen to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
Talking to the villagers in Betul in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Modi asked the villagers to get corona jabs at the earliest and said "I have taken both doses, My mother is almost a hundred years old, she has taken both vaccines too. Please do not believe any rumours relating to vaccines".
Advising them not to care for those who are spreading false information, he said that in some cases there would be little fever or similar ailments, but it is safe. He also took word from the villagers that after completion of vaccination, they will inform him by post.
The Prime Minister also urged the people to trust science and trust scientists. Many people have taken the vaccine and let us never believe the negative words related to the vaccine.
He also mentioned the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) secretary Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra who was infected with Covid-19 and despite, being admitted to the hospital, he was coordinating with many Government agencies to enhance the supply of oxygen day and night.
"He was handling many fronts remaining on the hospital bed as he was concerned for the countrymen and despite his illness, he used to join the meetings via video conferencing without caring for himself", Mr Modi said, adding that it is really painful for us that he succumbed to this pandemic.(UNI)