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Towards the end of May, as the daily case numbers of the devastating second wave of COVID-19 started to fall, Prakash Javdekar, the union minister for information and broadcasting, came out with an announcement: 108 crore Indians will be vaccinated by the end of the year 2021.

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India’s vaccine drive: A snapshot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nationwide vaccination drive on Jan 16 this year, soon after emergency use authorisations (EUA) were issued to Covishield and Covaxin.


Women falling behind?

Recently, addressing a press conference on the “historic milestone” of administering 88.09 lakh vaccine doses in a single day, India’s health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said: “Of the total doses administered, women comprised 46.35% of those vaccinated, men 53.63%, while others comprised 0.02%”.


India’s vaccine stats: How many is too many

The Indian government has come out with detailed projections for vaccine availability for the period of August to December.


New policy spurs vaccine uptake

India’s COVID-19 inoculation drive reached a new high by administering over 8.8 million doses on a single day on 21st June, the first day under the latest vaccination policy, according to official data.


Waiting for the Third Wave

On 17th May, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said in a press conference in New Delhi that India’s new caseload numbers for COVID-19 had dipped below the three lakh/day mark for the first time, well below the peak of four lakh/day just two weeks earlier.


How data can help generate A public health response

The third wave of COVID 19 is imminent in India. In an article published in Nature in September 2020, it was mentioned that a typical SARS-CoV-2 virus accumulates only two single-letter mutations per month in its genome — a rate of change that is half that of influenza and one-quarter that of HIV.

Dr Monika Chaudhary