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Beneficiaries receive COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive on June 21, 2021 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India administered 8.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Monday, setting a national record, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Monday's total comes amid a slow initial roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in India, delayed by vaccine shortages and disagreement between the states and central government, per the NYT.

  • Less than 20% of people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and less than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Driving the news: Monday was also the first day of a new policy in India that offered free vaccines for all adults and gave the federal government a bigger role in procuring vaccines.

  • Vaccines manufactured by two companies — the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech — are driving the country's vaccination efforts. Both companies have said that they seek to deliver about 1.3 billion doses from August to the end of the year, per the NYT.
  • Monday's vaccination total was the most shots given in a single day in any country besides China.

Yes, but: Monday's vaccination record was likely temporary as the current supply of vaccines in the country suggests it is unlikely that the country could sustain the current pace.

The big picture: India experienced one of the most devastating outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • About 390,000 people have died of coronavirus in India, and experts say that is a significant undercount, per NYT.

Go deeper

Jun 21, 2021 - World

China crosses 1 billion vaccinations, with 500 million in one month

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

China has now administered 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines — 500 million of them in just the past month. That's half of the global total during that period.

The big picture: China's vaccine rollout started slowly, due in part to a low sense of urgency and also to the fact that the government was focusing on exporting doses.

Dec 31, 2020 - Health

U.S. set to end 2020 with just over 3 million vaccine doses administered

A healthcare worker hands Patrick Range, Sr., 88, a vaccination card after giving him the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Dec. 30. Photo: Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Americans received just over 3 million initial doses of coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech in the 19 days following first shipments, according to a Bloomberg tally of government websites and CDC data.

Why it matters: It's far below Operation Warp Speed's goal of administering 20 million doses by the end of the year, raising concerns about how long it may be until enough people are vaccinated in the U.S. for life to return to normal.

Jun 14, 2021 - Health

Boris Johnson extends England's COVID restrictions to curb variant spread

Photo: Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday delayed "freedom day", when the U.K. was set end pandemic-related restrictions, to July 19 instead of June 21, as the delta COVID-19 variant continues to spread, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The delay is likely an attempt to get more people vaccinated, especially with their second dose, before reopening fully, writes the Post. Restrictions on sporting events, bars, nightclubs and movie theaters will stay in place, and people will be asked to continue working from home if possible.