India surpassed the landmark 90-crore vaccinations with more than 70 lakh shots administered on Saturday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted. India is aiming to vaccinate its entire adult population by the year-end.

“India crosses the landmark of 90 crore Covid 19 vaccinations. Shastriji gave the slogan ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan’. Revered Atalii added ‘Jai Vigyan’ and PM@Narendra Modiji gave the slogan ‘Jai Anusandhan’. Today, the corona vaccine is the result of this anusandhan #JaiAnusandhan,” Mandaviya tweeted.

First dose completion

According to the Health Ministry, six States, including Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, have completed 100 per cent first dose vaccination of the eligible population.

Meanwhile, India reported 24,354 Covid cases on Saturday with 234 deaths in the 24 hours till 8 am on Saturday, per the Health Ministry data. In the last 24 hours, there were 25,455 recoveries aggregating to 3.30 crore recovered cases. There was a drop in the active caseload to 2.73 lakh.

The previous day 14.29 lakh tests were conducted with the total so far hitting 57.19 crore tests. The weekly positivity rate stood at 1.68 per cent, remaining under 3 per cent for the last 99 days. The daily positivity rate, at 1.70 per cent, was under 3 per cent for 33rd day and below 5 per cent for the 116th day.

Vaccine availability

The Centre said that more than 88.14 crore vaccine doses have been provided to the States/UTs so far through its free-of-cost channel and direct State procurement category. Over 5.28 crore doses are still available with the States/UTs, it added.