India Hits New Daily Vaccination Record
After a deadly second wave spurred changes in India’s vaccine policy, the country announced it had given 7.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses Monday. The previous high mark was 4.5 million on April 5, which was reportedly followed by a decline to below 3 million a day.
Under the new plan, the government would buy 75% of the vaccines and give them to the states free of charge. India says it aims to inoculate 950 million adults by December, but experts say in order to do that, it will have to give 10 million shots a day. Less than 5% of adults are fully vaccinated, Reuters reported.
India is using a locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine as well as Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, made by an Indian company. Over the past 24 hours, the infection rate has come under 55,000 new cases.