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India: Healthcare workers first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi03:31

India: Healthcare workers first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi

India, New Delhi
January 17, 2021 at 01:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

India's massive COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on Saturday, with healthcare workers seen getting a jab at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi.

The vaccines administered were either Oxford University and AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine or Covaxin, developed by the Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech. Patients were not given the choice.

As explained by Priyakanth Sharma, the supervisor for the COVID-19 vaccine drive at the hospital, healthcare workers will be prioritised. The immense operation to vaccinate India's 1.4 billion population, began with 100 people to be vaccinated in each of the 3,006 vaccination sites on the first day.

Some 165,714 people were administered the vaccine across the country on Saturday, according to Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, India has reported over 10.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 152,093 related deaths, as of Saturday.

India: Healthcare workers first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi03:31
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India's massive COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on Saturday, with healthcare workers seen getting a jab at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi.

The vaccines administered were either Oxford University and AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine or Covaxin, developed by the Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech. Patients were not given the choice.

As explained by Priyakanth Sharma, the supervisor for the COVID-19 vaccine drive at the hospital, healthcare workers will be prioritised. The immense operation to vaccinate India's 1.4 billion population, began with 100 people to be vaccinated in each of the 3,006 vaccination sites on the first day.

Some 165,714 people were administered the vaccine across the country on Saturday, according to Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, India has reported over 10.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 152,093 related deaths, as of Saturday.

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