In the midst of a deadly second wave of infections, India claims to have been the "fastest country in the world" to administer more than 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines. According to the health ministry, it completed the task in 85 days, compared to 89 days for the US and 102 days for China. On Sunday, however, the country announced a regular rise of over 150,000 cases, with over 800 new deaths. There are also rumors that the massive vaccination campaign is having difficulties. Several states confirmed vaccine shortages this week, despite the fact that the federal government claimed to have 40 million doses on hand and that the "allegations" of vaccine scarcity were "utterly unfounded."
By July, the inoculation campaign aims to reach 250 million people, but experts say the rate needs to speed up even further to achieve the target. Vaccinations are also available to those over the age of 45 at vaccine clinics and hospitals. The majority of doses have been distributed to frontline staff and people over the age of 60 so far. India has reported over 12 million cases and over 167,000 deaths since the pandemic started. After the United States and Brazil, it has the world's third-highest number of Covid-19 infections.
About 90 million people have received one dose, and over 11 million people have received two doses and are completely vaccinated. Two vaccines, one produced by AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University (Covishield) and the other by Indian company Bharat Biotech, have been approved by the country's drug regulator (Covaxin). Several other candidates are undergoing trials at various stages. On January 16, India began its vaccination campaign, but it was limited to healthcare workers and frontline workers; the first Indian to receive the vaccine was a sanitation worker.