India administered the billionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported, half a year after a devastating outbreak of infections that left his healthcare system on the brink of collapse.
According to the government, around three quarters of the adults in the country, of 1,300 million inhabitants, received a dose and about 30% have a complete vaccination.
But hundreds of millions of Indians under the age of 18, about 40% of the inhabitants of the second most populous country in the world, did not even receive an injection.
India suffered a strong outbreak of infections last April and May, with more than 400 thousand infections and four thousand deaths a day, with many hospitals saturated and crematoria overflowing.
Since then, cases have declined, with less than 20,000 infections a day and a return to normal in most activities.
Mumbai, one of India’s many crowded cities, recently registered its first day without deaths by COVID-19 since the pandemic reached the country.
The government, whose image was badly damaged by the deadly wave of COVID, planned to celebrate the milestone.
The first Minister Narendra Modi will appreciate the work of the healthcare staff, there will be special announcements at train stations and airports and monuments will be illuminated in national colors.
“Congratulations India! This is the result of the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” congratulated Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.