New Delhi: India on Friday (September 17, 2021) made history as over 2.25 crore vaccine jabs were administed in the country, on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 71st birthday. India is in second place with 78 crore doses having been given, China tops with 210 crore doses while US is in the third place with 38 crore doses.
Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary analyses the landmark achievement and what it means for India in its drive to vaccinate all citizens against novel coronavirus.
In India, on an average, 17 lakh people were vaccinated every hour, 28,000 every minute and 478 people every second. This number can be slightly up and down because the vaccination meter is still running, it has not stopped. Celebrating this achievement Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya distributed sweets. He tweeted:
#VaccineSeva को चरितार्थ करते हुए स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों एवं देशवासियों की तरफ़ से प्रधानमंत्री जी को उपहार।
प्रधानमंत्री @NarendraModi जी के जन्मदिन पर आज भारत ने नया कीर्तिमान स्थापित करते हुए एक दिन में 2 करोड़ टीके लगाने का ऐतिहासिक आँकड़ा पार किया है।
Well done India! pic.twitter.com/P94vXMN4Ow
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 17, 2021
Till 9 pm, 2 crore 24 lakh people have been vaccinated in the country, which is a world record. At present, India is at number two in the list of most vaccinated people in the world.
Notably, the Opposition leaders like Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other big opposition leaders neither acknowledged the achievement nor have the congratulated the people of India.
If we compare that with smallpox vaccines, India had the highest number of smallpox cases in the whole world during 1947. It took 15 years for the country's first government led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to start a nationwide vaccination campaign against smallpox. The vaccination drive started in the year 1962 but could not be achieve this even after 10 years.