Team Adda247 and BankersAadda are here with a Current Affairs Special Series for SBI and IBPS interview 2021. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics on daily basis, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack if any current affairs topic is asked in the interview. Today’s Current Affairs Topic is the largest Vaccination Drive In India.
Largest Vaccination Drive in India
Data about Vaccination
India has the third-highest vaccinations in the world. According to Government, India had
administered the third-highest number of vaccines globally with more than 10 million doses of the anti-coronavirus disease (Covid-19) shot across the country. Data shows that India is only behind from USA and UK in terms of the total number of vaccinations. India has recorded more than 10 million doses of vaccination in just 35 days. The USA is the fastest in the world to reach 10 million vaccinations in just 31 days. India achieved a landmark feat of 1 crore vaccination in 34 days which is the second-highest in the world. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated the country on this milestone of 10 million vaccinations by Twitter.
Vaccines in India
India is giving two vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield.
Covaxin: It is India’s first Indigenous vaccine which is developed in collaboration between
Bharat Biotech and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)- National Institute of Virology. This indigenously developed vaccine using Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell. The vaccine received DCGI approval for phase-I and II trials in July 2020.
Covishield: This Vaccine is developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca, but it is manufactured in
India by Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune.
India is now considered a powerhouse because of making more than 60 percent of the world’s
vaccines. The first doses have already been shipped to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and Seychelles. Mostly covishield has been exported in the form of ‘gifts’ and the rest in line with commercial agreements signed between Serum Institute of India and above mention nations. India is planning to send some doses to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Mauritius after some regulatory approvals. India has cleared commercial exports of covishield vaccine to Brazil.