With 3,95,884 vaccine doses administered to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) on Thursday, the 41st day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination, the total number of vaccination crossed 1.30 crores in the country, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
According to the Union Health Ministry, 1,30,67,047 vaccine vaccine doses were given through 2,77,303 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 pm today.
“These include 65,82,007 HCWs (75.5 per cent) who have taken the first dose and 18,60,859 HCWs (63.6 per cent)who have taken the second dose, along with 46,24,181 FLWs (first dose) (45.1 per cent),” the Ministry stated in a press release.
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Covid-19 has killed more than 2.5 million people worldwide since the pandemic began in December 2019, according to an AFP count based on official figures at 1730 GMT Thursday.
In total, 2,500,172 deaths and 112,618,488 cases have been reported.
With 842,894 deaths, Europe is the hardest-hit region, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (667,972 deaths) and the US and Canada (528,039).
Almost half of the fatalities have occurred in just five countries: the US (506,232), Brazil (249,957), Mexico (182,815), India (156,705) and Britain (122,070).