Uttar Pradesh administered an average of 11.73 lakh daily doses in September, whereas the US managed only 8.07 lakh. Similarly, Gujarat administered an average of 4.8 lakh daily doses against Mexico’s 4.56 lakh. But India is still far from its target of 200 crore jabs by the year end.
The COVID-19 vaccination numbers in India have soared, with five states recording daily vaccination rates that are higher than several countries. According to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana have administered doses at a higher average rate than Canada, France, Russia, Mexico and the US.
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According to the data, Uttar Pradesh administered 11.73 lakh vaccine doses on average on a daily basis in September; whereas the US has only managed to administer an average 8.07 lakh daily doses during the same period. Similarly, Gujarat administered an average of 4.8 lakh daily doses in contrast with Mexico’s 4.56 lakh.
Karnataka managed 3.82 lakh doses against Russia’s 3.68 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh administered 3.71 lakh doses against France’s 2.84 lakh and Haryana gave 1.52 lakh jabs against Canada’s 0.85 lakh.
Over 75 crore doses have been administered so far in India and Union Health Minister Maansukh Mandaviya said the country will have 43 percent fully vaccinated adults by December, 2021.
But even as vaccination rates speed up, the government’s target looks improbable. The government had aimed at an ambitious 200 crore doses by the end of December. With 125 crore doses remaining to be administered and just over 100 days left till the end of the year, the government would need to give over 1.2 crore jabs per day. At the current rate of vaccination, the 200-crore target will only be met by March 2022.
Experts have said 60 percent of the population needs to be fully vaccinated in order to prevent a potential third wave of COVID-19. Currently, only 13 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated while 41 percent has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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The US -- where vaccination rates are starting to slow down because of the partisan divide over the efficacy of scientifically developed vaccines -- has managed to fully vaccinate 54 percent of its population.
With sections of populations remaining unvaccinated, whether by choice or by circumstances, the COVID-19 virus has an opportunity to infect and mutate. Such mutations can make the SARS CoV-2 virus more resilient against antibodies generated by vaccines and possibly endanger the global immunisation effort.
(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)
First Published: IST