India's vaccination drive was also marked by large scale export and global assistance provided by India to countries across the globe.
New Delhi: Jan 16, Sunday, marks one year of the massive and unique vaccination against the COVID-19 pandemic drive in the country.
Billed as the world's largest vaccination drive in the new century, India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 156.76 crores. More than 66 lakh vaccine doses have been administered between Saturday and Sunday morning.
"India's approach to fighting the pandemic will always remain science-based. We are also augmenting health infrastructure to ensure our fellow citizens get proper care," Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in a series of tweets. "Let us keep following all COVID-19 related protocols and overcome the pandemic," he wrote.
"Today, we mark one Year of Vaccine Drive. I salute each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive," Mr Modi said, adding, "Our vaccination programme has added great strength to the fight against COVID-19. It has led to saving lives and thus protecting livelihoods."
The Prime Minister said, "When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck, we did not know much about the virus. However, our scientists and innovators immersed themselves in developing vaccines. India feels proud that our nation has been able to contribute to fighting the pandemic through vaccines."
"At the same time, the role of our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers is exceptional. When we see glimpses of people being vaccinated in remote areas, or our healthcare workers taking the vaccines there, our hearts and minds are filled with pride," the Prime Minister said.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said India's vaccination drive has been "the most successful in the world". Union Home Minister Amit Shah also congratulated the nation, saying, "With unity, we can achieve any target".
The registrations for vaccination against the dreaded infection for children falling into the age bracket of 15 to 18 years commenced on Jan 3, 2022.
A tweet by MyGovIndia says, "Our vaccination drive has shown the power of Team India. Today, as we celebrate one year of the world's 'Largest Vaccine Drive', we have witnessed what happens when 1.3 billion people come together for a common goal."
The country's Covid vaccination coverage has crossed 156 crores 63 lakh mark on Sunday morning. Moreover, more than 42, 69,000 Precaution Doses have also been administered so far.