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In response to media reports claiming that the country has failed to meet its COVID-19 vaccination targets, the Union Ministry of Health has issued an official statement, stating that India’s vaccination program against COVID-19 was one of the most successful and important in the world.

“In a news article recently published by a reputable international news agency, it was claimed that India had not met its vaccination target. This is misleading and does not represent the complete picture,” the ministry said. in a press release. In the fight against the global pandemic, India’s National Immunization Program has been one of the most successful and important immunization programs compared to many developed western countries with considerably low population base to be vaccinated. , did he declare.

In the vaccination campaign, so far, the country has taken several unprecedented milestones in the world, including administering more than 100 crore doses in less than nine months, administering 2.51 crore doses in a single day and several times the administration of a crore doses. in one day, the ministry said.

“Compared to other developed countries, India has done a better job administering the Covid vaccination to its eligible adult citizen of 93.7 crore (according to the RGI (Registrar General of India)) in all of its states and UT (Union Territories) “, he underlined.

“In the event of coverage of the first dose to the eligible population, the United States covered only 73.2% of its population, the United Kingdom covered 75.9% of its population, France covered 78 , 3% of its population and Spain covered 84.7% of its population. hundred of its population, the ministry said.

India has already covered 90% of its eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, she said in the statement.

Likewise, for the second dose, the United States covered 61.5% of its population, the United Kingdom covered 69.5% of its population, France covered 73.2% of its population, and the Spain has covered 81% of its population, the ministry said. India has covered over 65% of its eligible population with a second dose of the vaccine.

More than 11 states and UT have already achieved 100% vaccination coverage for the first dose, while three states and UT have already achieved 100% full vaccination against COVID-19 (both the first and second dose ), did he declare. Many states and UTs are expected to achieve 100% vaccination very quickly soon, the statement said.

As part of the national COVID-19 vaccination program, the “Har Ghar Dastak” (door-to-door) campaign was implemented from November 3 and includes mobilization and awareness of vaccination by targeting to all eligible beneficiaries missed or abandoned.

“It has also resulted in an increase in first dose coverage of 11.6% since the launch of the campaign. While coverage of the second dose increased by 28.9% over the same period, ”the statement said.

In view of the global increase in COVID-19 cases, detection of the Omicron variant, scientific evidence, global best practices, and suggestions from the COVID-19 working group of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI ) as well as the Standing Scientific Technical Committee (STSC) of NTAGI, it was decided to further refine the scientific prioritization and coverage of vaccination against COVID-19 of adolescents in the age group of 15 to 18 years to from January 3, he said.

Further stepping up India’s fight against COVID-19, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has approved two additional vaccines. These include the Corbevax vaccine from Biological-E and the Covovax vaccine from IBS for restricted use in emergency situations. This brings the number of vaccines with limited use in emergencies in India to eight, the statement said.

(With PTI inputs)