Meanwhile, India has vaccinated 68.5 crore people, with 71.6 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. Total number of tests done during the previous day was 17.5 lakh.
Daily inoculation in the nation of 130 crore people had exceeded 1 crore twice in August — a feat that was not achieved in the past seven months of the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Still, the increased pace may not be fast enough to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim to vaccinate all the country’s adult population by the year-end.
A new study, according to a Bloomberg report, predicts that India may record an unprecedented 600,000 new infections a day if it fails to boost the pace of vaccination and avert a third wave. The National Institute of Disaster Management predicts a surge in cases as early as October. Daily infections, it said, however, could reduce to 200,000 if the government executes its 1-crore-a-day vaccination plan.
Other forecasters, too, have predicted a new wave, albeit weaker than the previous surge.
The NIDM study even suggested vaccinating children with serious underlying health conditions.
India, which has fully vaccinated only 10.5% of its population, has now approved six vaccines. Serum Institute’s Covishield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca; and Bharat Biotech Ltd.’s Covaxin are widely used. Russia’s Sputnik V has been administered in small numbers. While shots from Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Inc. have been granted approval, they aren’t being used as of now.
The country has also granted emergency-use approval to its first DNA-based three-dose vaccine developed by Cadila Healthcare Ltd., which had reported 67% efficacy against symptomatic Covid in clinical trials in July. The drugmaker also said the jab was safe for children in the age group of 12-18 years.
Globally, Covid-19 cases have topped 22.01 crore, with deaths exceeding 45 lakh. More than 456 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the world.
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