Oct 21, 2021 - Health

India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

 A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a beneficiary wearing face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17.

A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man wearing a face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Beawar, India, in September. Photo: Sumit Saraswat/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% have received at least one dose.

The big picture: Case numbers in India have declined in recent months, and pandemic restrictions that had a significant impact on the economy and forced millions of people to rely on government food handouts and other subsidies have eased.

  • But there's concern the current vaccination rate leaves the country vulnerable to another catastrophic wave like the one that struck earlier this year, per Bloomberg.
  • Modi's government hopes to have all adults vaccinated against the coronavirus by the year's end.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Modi's team.

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