A sanitation worker became the first Indian to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as the country began the world’s largest inoculation drive. The program aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against the novel coronavirus disease.
The prime minister paid tribute to front-line workers who will be the first to receive jabs.
India has recorded the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States.
Millions of doses of two approved vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – were shipped across the country in the days leading up to the start of the drive. The government plans to vaccinate 300 million people by early August.
The prime minister said, “We are launching the world’s biggest vaccination drive and it shows the world our capability.”
He added that India was well prepared to vaccinate its population with the help of an app, which would help the government track the drive and ensure that nobody was left out.