Union commerce Minister Piyush Goyal (File Photo)
Union commerce Minister Piyush Goyal (File Photo)

'100 cr not just a number but self-confidence of over 100 cr people': Piyush Goyal on COVID vaccination milestone

ANI | Updated: Oct 21, 2021 13:21 IST

New Delhi [India], October 21 (ANI): As India's COVID-19 vaccination drive achieved another milestone with a cumulative administration of over 100 crore vaccine doses on Thursday, Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated India on the "remarkable feat".
Taking to Twitter, Goyal said, "1,00,00,00,000. A hundred crore is not just a number but it is the self-confidence of more than a hundred crore people. Congratulations India on this remarkable feat of administering 100 Crore doses."
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that that "India scripted history" and expressed his gratitude to doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve the milestone.
"India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. #VaccineCentury," PM Modi tweeted.
In a landmark achievement, India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 100 crore doses on Thursday.
A total of 100 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries, as per the CoWIN portal at 9:47 am today.
India's COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.
From February 2, front line workers were made eligible for vaccination. These included State and Central Police personnel, Armed Force Personnel, Home Guards, Civil Defence and Disaster Management Volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison Staff, PRI Staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance, Railway Protection Force and election Staff.
The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include persons above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified 20 comorbidities. It was further expanded to all people above 45 years of age from April 1. From May 1 all persons above 18 years of age were made eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. (ANI)