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India: India has administered one billion doses of VVID-19

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India administered Thursday SA billionth VVID-19 vaccine dose, announced the Ministry of Health , six months after a devastating outbreak of cases that had been afraid of the collapse of the country's health system.

According to the government, about three-quarters of the adults of this country of 1.3 billion people received an injection, and about 30% are completely vaccinated.

Hundreds of millions of Indians under the age of 18, which account for about 40% of the population, however, have not been vaccinated.

India knew in April and May a very high peak, recording more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths per day. Many hospitals, submerged from patients, had been unable to cope, and crematoriums had been overwhelmed.

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Cases have since declined sharply, with less than 15,000 infections a day, and most activities have returned to normal.

Bombay, the economic capital of India, recently recorded a day without any deaths related to COVID for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked health professionals. Special ads have been made in train stations and airports, and monuments have been illuminated with national colors to celebrate this important step.

To celebrate the event, the Minister of Health, Mansukh Mandaviya, must present an unprecedented song interpreted by singer Kailash Kher and audiovisual production at the Red Fort, New Delhi location.

"Congratulations to India! This is the result of the competent direction of the visionary Prime Minister Modi," he tweeted.

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452.000 Deaths

India is the second country to have administered one billion doses after The China , which injected more than 2.3 billion according to Beijing.

India has begun vaccinations in January and, after slow start, it now injects about eight million doses per day.

"During the first wave, I remember hearing people wondering if the coronavirus was real or not," said Reham Ali, a 49-year-old taxi driver in New Delhi, who said they received an injection.

"Now people know that it is and there is less hesitation. The second wave has opened our eyes," he continues.

Vaccine exports, interrupted at the beginning of the year, have tentatively resumed, and the authorities argue that the "pharmacy of the world" will revolve again in 2022.

Most of the restrictions being lifted, the crowds were able to celebrate This month the main season of religious holidays in India for the first time in two years.

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The festivities have aroused concerns about a new wave of infections, and the government encouraged the population to be injected a new dose.

Last week, a group of experts from the Indian Drug Regulatory Authority recommended the use of COVAXIN, one of the seven COVID-19 vaccines approved in India, for under 18 years.

"I think it's unlikely that we attended a third wave that resembles in any way in the second wave," said Dr. Gangandeep Kang, from Christian Medical College of Vellore in the states of the Tamil Nadu (Southeast).

A scenario that could not happen to happen that "if we have a completely new virus variant. It will then be a new pandemic," she told AFP .

Officially, India recorded just over 34 million infections and about 452,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, although this figure is generally considered largely underestimated.

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21/10/2021 13:18:12 - New Delhi (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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