Health officials in India report that the country surpassed the two billion mark in cumulative administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 pandemic in India is a part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As of 16 July 2022, according to official figures, India has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world (after the United States of America) with 43,730,071 reported cases of COVID-19 infection and the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths (after the United States and Brazil) at 525,660 deaths. But these official numbers are suspected to be significant undercounts.
India’s ambitious mass vaccination program hit a major milestone on Sunday (July 17). Reportedly, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage breached the two billion mark. 14,800 sites conducting vaccinations on 17th July Sunday helped reach the landmark. Over 1bn first doses have been administered while over 920 million second doses have been inoculated.