India creates history by vaccinating 2.5 crore people on Modi’s birthday

India crossed 2.5 crore Covid vaccinations in a day for the first time on Friday as the government raced to deliver a record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.

At 11:58 pm, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted to confirm the “historic” figure.

Earlier, the Prime Minister took to Twitter to declare that “every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers” and thank healthcare and frontline workers who had worked hard to make the vaccination drive a success.

The government had set out with a target of 2.5 crore vaccinations and crossed the mark by 10,390.

China inoculated the most number of people in a day – 2.47 crore – in June.

In the evening, as the country crossed the two crore-mark, the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office tweeted its congratulations.