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India has administered over 1B COVID-19 vaccine doses


India on Thursday morning crossed the 1 billion mark of COVID-19 vaccine doses it has administered, the official figures showed.

"India achieves the major milestone of ‘one billion’ vaccinations," India's Health Ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country has "scripted history."

"We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore (1.3 billion) Indians," he tweeted.

Congratulating India on crossing 1 billion vaccinations, Modi added: "Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat."

Modi also visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the capital New Delhi as the country crossed the 1 billion mark in its vaccination drive.

India began the COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Jan. 16, while authorities allowed vaccination for everyone above the age of 18 from May 1 this year.

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