India Surpasses 100 Million Vaccinations Amid Second Wave of COVID-19 Cases

India surpassed 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations on April 11, becoming the “fastest country in the world” to reach such a milestone, amid a second wave of cases.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, the country reached over 100 million vaccinations in just 85 days, beating out China, who reached the milestone in 102 days and the United States in 89 days.

According to Oxford University research group Our World in Data, India regularly administers over three million vaccines a day. However, some states, including Maharashtra, Odisha, and Punjab, reported vaccine shortages this week.

Several districts in Maharashtra, which has the highest number of cases, have suspended vaccination drives, according to the state’s health minister last April 8.

However, the federal government said that it had 40 million doses in stock and described the “allegations” of shortages as “utterly baseless.”

The health ministry also reported a record single-day spike of 152,879 cases on April 11, bringing the nationwide total to 13,358,805. India comes third in the highest number of cases in the world, after the U.S. and Brazil.

Data from the health ministry also showed 839 deaths reported on April 11, bringing the total nationwide death toll to 169,275. India comes fourth in the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world, after the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico.

Some states are considering imposing stricter restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced last April 10 that strict restrictions will be imposed for a certain period of time to curb the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a four-day “Vaccination Festival” starting on April 12 to encourage more eligible Indians to receive the shot.

The government aims to vaccinate 250 million “priority people” by July.

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