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Day 1 of India's new COVID-19 vaccine policy: Record 82.7L doses administered, 'numbers gladdening', tweets PM

Day 1 of India's new COVID-19 vaccine policy: Record 82.7L doses administered, 'numbers gladdening', tweets PM

India on Monday administered a record 82.7  lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses on day one of the country's new inoculation strategy in which the Central Government provided free vaccines against COVID-19 to adults across states.

It is the highest number of doses administered in a day since the vaccination drive started on 16 January.

This comes on a day when India logged 53,256 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 88 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,99,35,221. The COVID-19 toll mounted to 3,88,135 with 1,422 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 65 days, according to the Union health ministry's morning update.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today's record-breaking vaccination numbers are "gladdening."

Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine.

Well done India!

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 21, 2021

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"Central Government is beginning the 'Free Vaccination For All campaign' for every Indian from today. The biggest beneficiary of this phase of India's vaccination drive shall be the poor, the middle class, and the youth of the country. All of us should pledge to get ourselves vaccinated. Together we will defeat COVID-19," Modi said.

As per the Union health ministry, five BJP-ruled states such as Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana took a lead by conducting special vaccination drives, reports News18.