The Central Government expects to achieve the 100-crore Covid-19 vaccine dose by October 18 or 19. Stating this, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said once the 100-crore target is achieved, the government will announce this on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations to mark the moment.
The minister was stating this while launching a coffee table book on Covid warriors. He went on to add the total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 97 crore this week with 73 per cent of all adults having administered the first dose and 30 per cent having received both doses.
100-crore dose target a proud achievement
While talking about the fact that the 100-crore dose target would be an achievement, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mandaviya tweeted, “The nation is rapidly approaching the 100-crore vaccination mark! 97 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to date. Keep it up India, let us fight corona.”
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He added “After 100-crore dose target is achieved, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against Covid-19.”
The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 97 crore on Thursday with 73 per cent of all adults having administered the first dose and 30 per cent having received both doses.
Coffee table book on Corona warriors
Even while talking proudly about how India was rapidly approaching the 100-crore dose target, the minister also launched a coffee table book on Covid warriors. The book celebrates the young volunteers, ‘Sathiyas’ (friends) of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram, for finding ingenious new ways to bust myths and for taking the lead in making their community understand the importance of vaccination in keeping them safe from Covid-19.
The book salutes the doctors and nurses in a remote tribal area, who worked tirelessly to overcome the entrenched hesitancy against vaccination in his community, so that science could prevail over superstition. In addition what needs to be saluted is that the government is already on the way to achieving the 100-crore dose target.
One of the most critical aspects during the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccination drive was to provide factual information on a real-time basis to people. Community radio stations played a significant role in disseminating correct information to people at a time when they were mostly confined to their homes.
The book also pays tribute to some of these community radio station announcers who enthused communities to take the vaccine and walked the talk by being the first to do so themselves.
On Biological E’s vaccine, Mavdaviya said due to delay in receiving raw materials Biological E’s vaccine got delayed but by November end the data would be submitted.