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Mansukh Mandaviya releases commemorative postal stamp to mark 1 year of vaccination programme

Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya today released a commemorative Postal Stamp on COVID-19 Vaccine to mark the first anniversary of India’s National Covid-19 Vaccination program. This stamp signifies the remarkable work done by the frontline healthcare workers and scientific community across the country in protecting the people against the COVID pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mandaviya said, today is an important day for everyone as the country has completed one year of vaccination drive. He said, India has encountered various challenges along the journey but it is the resolve and dedication of more than 135 crore people that we could overcome every challenge. He said, the world is amazed by India’s vaccination drive. The Minister said, 93 per cent of people above 18 years are vaccinated with 1st dose and 70 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Dr Mandaviya said, some people started creating confusion even before the vaccines were rolled out, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi was dedicated and he encouraged Indian scientists and companies to continue the work. He congratulated health workers, scientists, vaccine manufacturing companies and all the citizens of the country who have become partners in the entire campaign.

The Minister highlighted that India’s vaccination program is a story of the unparalleled journey of the country. It showcases the Indian model and the extraordinary achievement of our country guided by the unshakable conviction of the Prime Minister in the hidden potential and capabilities of the citizens of the country.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Modi on 16 January last year. This is the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.

Vaccination was made free for everyone above 18 years of age on 21st June, 2021. The current vaccine production capacity of Covishield in India is approximately 25 crore doses per month, and that of Covaxin is around six crore doses per month.

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