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India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 80 crore, with over 77.25 lakh vaccine doses being administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said. The ministry, in a statement, said the last 10 crore doses were administered in just 11 days.

"In a landmark achievement, India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 80 crore landmark milestone (80,33,75,147) today. More than 77.25 lakh (77,25,076) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today," it said.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the people of the country, including healthcare workers, for the achievement of the 80-crore milestone.

Ministry data stated that according to the 7 pm provisional report, 60,03,94,452 first vaccine doses and 20,29,80,695 second vaccine doses have been administered.

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said. 

India on Friday administered a record number of over 2.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday, which Mansukh Mandaviya described as a golden chapter in world history.

According to various reports, the earlier world record for daily doses was created by China with 2.47 crore vaccines being administered in June.

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