India has become the second country after the US to have crossed 20 crores cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the Union health ministry said on May 26.
“India is the second country after the USA to achieve this coverage in just 130 days. The US took 124 days to reach the 20 crore mark,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
According to data available on Our World In Data and multiple sources, other leading countries in COVID-19 vaccination drive include the UK which has reached 5.1 crore mark in 168 days, Brazil that reached 5.9 crore mark in 128 days, and Germany which reached 4.5 crore mark in 149 days.
On the 130th day of the drive, the cumulative COVID vaccination coverage crossed the 20 crore mark (with 20,06,62,456 doses including 15,71,49,593 first dose and 4,35,12,863 second dose of COVID-19 vaccines), according to data available at 7 AM,” the ministry said.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also informed that 42% population above 60 years and 34% of the population above 45 years have received their first dose of the vaccine.
India is using three vaccines against COVID-19 in its immunisation drive, these include the made-in-India vaccines Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Russian Sputnik V is the third vaccine to get approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for Emergency Use Authorisation and is being used in a few private hospitals which are expected to be increased over the coming days, Ministry said.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16.