India administers record 8.6mn vaccine doses in a single day.
The Centre launched a universal vaccination programme against Covid-19 on June 21 to provide states with free vaccines for the 18-45 category. On its first day, India administered close to 8.6 million vaccine doses against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the country’s highest single-day number recorded so far. India’s national Covid-19 immunization drive began on January 16. For healthcare workers, and was later expanded to include all frontline workers on February 2, and then, everyone over the age of 60 years and people over the age of 45 with co-morbidities, on March 1. On April 1, it was expanded to include everyone over the age of 45.