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India made a new record on the vaccination front, administering more than 2.25 crore Covid vaccine doses on Friday. This was the first time India crossed the 2-crore mark in vaccinations on a single day.

With this, India crossed the 78-crore mark in cumulative vaccination coverage. Of this 59.17 crore doses were given as first shots, while 19.51 crore doses were administered as the second jab.

The 1-crore mark in daily vaccinations was crossed by 1:30 PM today, making it the fastest so far. The single-day vaccination figures had surpassed the previous record of 1.33 crore doses seen on September 1 by 3 PM today.

World Health Organisation (WHO) also congratulated India on achieving this milestone.

Among states, Karnataka saw the highest single-day vaccination at 26.92 lakh, followed by Bihar at 26.62 lakh, Uttar Pradesh at 24.86 lakh, Madhya Pradesh at 23.79 lakh and Gujarat at 20.46 lakh.

Uttar Pradesh has see the highest number of vaccinations in total so far at 9.31 crore, with Maharashtra coming at second with 7.18 crore. Madhya Pradesh has vaccinated 5.61 crore of its denizens, while the figure for Gujarat stands at 5.57 crore and that for Rajasthan at 5.27 crore. 

The country took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach the 30 crore, according to the health ministry.

India took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross the 50-crore vaccination mark on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore on September 7.

The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered crossed 75 crore on September 13, it said.

Meanwhile, economist Kaushik Basu expressed concerns over the pace of Covid-19 vaccination in terms of share of population inoculated in India lagged behind other nations.

“In terms of total number vaccinated India looks good & urban vaccination has been good. But the rural poor are widely neglected. India is steadily losing rank in terms of population share vaccinated. Sad for a nation once celebrated worldwide for its vaccination programs," Basu tweeted.

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