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India administered over 60 crore Covid vaccine doses: Govt

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India administered 37,593 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases increased marginally to 3,22,327, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on August 25.

An increase of 2,776 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 60-crore mark on August 25, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. India took 85 days to touch the figure of 10 crore. It then took 45 days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach 30 crore, the minister informed.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said more than two crore additional COVID-19 vaccine doses are being made available to States this month to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before Teachers’ Day on September 5.

Schools across the country were closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus infection.

The Centre had allowed the reopening of schools as per the COVID-19 situation in October last year. While several States began partial reopening of schools, there was a complete closure again in April when an aggressive second wave of COVID-19 hit the country.

With an improvement in the COVID-19 situation again, several States have begun reopening schools now, even as concerns have been expressed over the staff and teachers not being completely vaccinated.

“In addition to the plan to provide vaccines to every state this month, more than 2 crore vaccine doses are being made available. We have requested all states to try to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated on September 5,” Mr. Mandaviya said in a tweet in Hindi.

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