New Delhi [India], January 16 (ANI): As India marks one year of the COVID vaccination drive on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated that if the government and the people of a country unite to achieve a common goal, then the country can conquer every challenge.
Shah also lauded the leadership and determination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the continuous efforts of the people in the country.
"Leadership and determination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the continuous efforts of the people in India have proved that if the government and the people of a country unite to achieve a common goal, then the country can conquer every challenge and make the impossible possible," Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had called the COVID vaccination drive the "most successful" in the world.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Today the world's largest vaccination campaign completes one year. Started under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, with everyone's efforts, today, it is the most successful vaccination campaign in the world. I congratulate all the health workers, scientists and countrymen."
India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 156.76 crore in a span of a year.
India commenced its nationwide COVID vaccination drive on January 16, 2021. Starting initially by inoculating vaccines to healthcare workers, it was then expanded to frontline workers, followed by people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with comorbidities. Later it was also expanded to all above 45 years of age and then those above 18 years of age.
The vaccination drive for those between the age group 15-18 was started on January 3, 2022 and for administering the precautionary doses to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and sixty plus individuals then commenced on January 10 this year.
As per Union Health Ministry, 1,56,76,15,454 vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries, as per provisional reports till 7 am on Sunday. In the last 24 hours, more than 66 lakh vaccine doses were administered. (ANI)