New Delhi: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on yet another milestone of administering 200 crore vaccinations in India. Taking to Twitter, Bill Gates expressed gratitude for the continued partnership with Indian vaccine manufacturers and the government for mitigating the impact of COVID-19.
Congratulations @narendramodi for yet another milestone of administering #200crorevaccinations. We are grateful for our continued partnership with Indian vaccine manufacturers and the Indian government for mitigating the impact of COVID19, Microsoft co-founder tweeted on Wednesday.
A year after the launch of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive, the country crossed the milestone of administering 200 crore vaccination doses on Sunday.
India's vaccination drive is big on speed and scale. It has been powered by collective efforts of many, including scientists, doctors and nurses. At the same time, the people of India have shown remarkable faith in science and taken their doses in a timely manner. https://t.co/yi9LQ2ITt4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2022
India has “created history again”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
India creates history again! Congrats to all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19, PM Modi tweeted.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: “Witness the history in making! India under PM @NarendraModi Ji’s leadership is all set to achieve the 200-crore COVID-19 vaccination mark! Countdown starts.”
PM @NarendraModi जी ने दुनिया के सबसे बड़े टीकाकरण अभियान के 200 करोड़ वैक्सीनेशन की उपलब्धि पर इस अभियान से जुड़े हर एक प्रयास की सराहना व धन्यवाद करते हुए पत्र लिखा है।
इससे सभी vaccinators का उत्साहवर्धन हुआ है। इसी उत्साह के साथ हम सब इस कार्य में जुटे रहेंगे डटे रहेंगे। https://t.co/wwMGuZMIPm
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) July 20, 2022
On Tuesday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeded a total of 200.33 crores.
Yasumasa Kimura, Representative, UNICEF India also congratulated India for the milestone,
UNICEF congratulates India on reaching the remarkable milestone of administering 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccination. Guided by the country’s leadership, relentless efforts of many actors including healthcare and frontline workers, have made this tremendous achievement possible. Completing two billion doses of vaccines in 18 months in a country as vast and diverse as India, is a phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the grit and dedication of India’s health workers who have worked tirelessly to boost vaccination coverage in all parts of the country, despite the challenges of repeated pandemic waves, inclement weather, difficult terrain and hard-to-reach areas. This is a moment to also honour the hard work of scientists, health practitioners, vaccine manufacturers, and policy makers who ensured timely availability and equity in vaccines reaching all. Driven by the vision of vaccinating its eligible population, backed by meticulous planning, India has successfully achieved this milestone. Since the beginning of the pandemic response, UNICEF is pleased to have extended support to the Government of India by procuring and supplying over 4,195 pieces of electrical cold chain equipment, including walk-in coolers, freezers, ice lined refrigerators, and deep freezers. We also supplied more than 600,000 pieces of cold boxes and vaccine carriers.
Mr Mandaviya launched ‘Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ at Covid Vaccination Camp in Nirman Bhawan on Friday and appealed to the masses to get the free dose so as to ensure protection against COVID-19.”
All Health Ministry employees initiated their inoculation of the free doses. My appeal to all citizens above the age of 18 years to get the free dose to ensure your protection against COVID19, said Mr Mandaviya.
“On ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, all eligible populations (18+) can get a free precaution dose for the next 75 days, starting today,” he added.
The free vaccination drive has been launched with an aim to increase the uptake of the precautionary dose of the COVID vaccine among the eligible adult population.
This special vaccination drive is a part of the celebration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and aims to provide free precaution doses for all adults (18 years and above) eligible population at Government COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
The Centre has announced a special drive ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ to be launched to provide free precaution doses at all Government Covid Vaccination Centres for persons aged 18 years and above for 75 days from July 15 to September 30, 2022.
Those eligible for the precaution dose include all persons above 18 years who have completed 6 months (or 26 weeks) from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.
(With Inputs From Agencies)
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