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India vaccinating faster than the world; PM Modi reviews Covid situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the country and took stock of the vaccination drive. The review came even as data emerged that India was vaccinating its population faster than the world.

India vaccinating faster than the world; PM Modi reviews Covid situation
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 10, 2021, 8:38 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the country and took stock of the vaccination drive. The review came even as data emerged that India was vaccinating its population faster than the world.

During the review meeting, which was attended by senior officials, the Prime Minister underlined that there can be no room for complacency considering the figures from states like Maharashtra & Kerala.

The Prime Minister spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor the emergence of mutants. The officers informed him that INSACOG now consists of 28 labs distributed across the country. 

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the increase in isolation beds, oxygen beds, ICU beds and paediatric ICUs and pediatric ventilators. He was informed that a significant number of ICU beds and Oxygen beds will be further added in the coming months.

While reviewing the status of PSA oxygen plants coming up across the country, the Prime Minister reiterated that the entire ecosystem to ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders and PSA plants, needed to be rapidly augmented. 

Efforts are also on to install 961 Liquid Medical Oxygen storage tanks and 1,450 Medical Gas pipeline systems to support at least one such unit per district. 

Meanwhile, data released by the health ministry showed that the country was vaccinating faster than the rest of the world. 

India vaccinating faster than the world; PM Modi reviews Covid situation

A total of 180 million doses had been administered in the country in August-September. 

Data revealed that Uttar Pradesh delivered a daily average of 11.73 million shots in the first nine days of September compared to 8.7 million in the United States.

Karnataka had administered a higher (4.8 million) average daily dose of Covid-19 vaccines compared to 3.68 million by Russia.

This number was Canada’s 3 million, UK’s 5 million, Germany’s 9 million, France 13 million, US 23 million, Japan 40 million.

In terms of daily average, the country administered 6.82 million doses every day. 

India vaccinating faster than the world; PM Modi reviews Covid situation

In comparison, the ASEAN nations put together administered 3.23 million doses daily followed by 2.92 million doses given in G7 nations and 2.89 million by NATO allies put together.

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