A sanitation worker was the first to receive a Covid vaccine as India began the world’s largest inoculation drive.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the program, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid, paying tribute to frontline 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 (the local name for the AstraZeneca vaccine developed in the UK) and Covaxin (locally-made by Bharat Biotech) – were shipped across the country in the days leading up to the start of the drive.
Modi 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.