New Record: India Administers Over 2 Cr COVID Jabs on PM Modi's Birthday

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India administered over two crore COVID-19 vaccines until 5 pm on Friday, 17 September, news agency ANI reported, sourcing CoWin data.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to set a record of administering the maximum number of COVID-19 vaccines in a day on Friday, which happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday.

India has already administered more than one crore COVID-19 vaccines in a day more than once. The BJP aspired to get more than 1.5 crore vaccines administered on Friday.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet in Hindi, "On the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has crossed the historical figure of 2 crore vaccines in a day, setting a new record."

"What can be more special than protecting people for which the Prime Minister is working day and night. It is a matter of pride that we have two Covid vaccines in our name, and we have been able to protect citizens from this deadly pandemic. It would be a befitting tribute to PM Modi, who strived hard to ensure people remain protected from Covid," BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh was quoted as saying by ANI. He said that party chief JP Nadda wanted to celebrate PM Modi's birthday in a special way.

Mandaviya had earlier in the day urged people to get vaccinated, saying that it would be an ideal gift for PM Modi on his birthday.

Earlier, National Health Authority chief RS Sharma had tweeted, "Celebrating the relentless efforts of India's vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second."

Senior leaders in the party said this would be a befitting reply to all those who tried to create a vaccine hesitancy among the people of the country for political reasons, ANI reported.

Over 57 lakh doses were administered in the country till 7 pm on Thursday, taking the overall vaccination figure to more than 77 crore.

(With inputs from ANI)

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