India hits 2 billion Covid shots as infections hit four-month high

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the landmark vaccination, noting the world’s largest and longest-running vaccination campaign launched last year.

India is making history again! Modi tweeted about it. Prime Minister faced accusations from countering the mishandling of a pandemic that experts say has claimed the lives of millions. The government rejects the claims.

Health ministry data show the death toll from Covid at 525,709, with 49 deaths recorded overnight.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases has increased by 20,528, the highest number since February. 20, according to data compiled by Reuters.

The country of 1.35 billion people has lifted most Covid-related restrictions and international travel has quickly recovered.

About 80% of the vaccinations were produced by AstraZeneca’s domestic vaccine called Covisield. Others include the domestic drugs Covaxin and Corbevax, as well as the Russian Sputnik V.

The federal government is accelerating its booster campaign to prevent the spread of infections in the eastern states of Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka in the south.