The United States took 101 days to administer 13 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine, while China took 109 days to cross the same number, he said.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 13,01,19,310 with 29,90,197 vaccine doses given in a span of 24 hours, according to updated data at 7 am.
Eight provinces -Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala – 59.33 percent of the total doses given so far in the country.
The nationwide vaccination campaign was introduced on January 16 with healthcare workers (CHCs) vaccinated and frontline workers (FLWs) starting from 2 February.
The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination began from March 1 for the over 60s and for people aged 45 and over with specific comorbid conditions. India launched a vaccine for everyone over the age of 45 from April 1.
Meanwhile, the government on Monday decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone over the age of 18 to be eligible for vaccination from May 1