India began delivering batches of COVID-19 vaccines across the country last week with the view of offering shots to its 1.3 billion people.
Officials dubbed the campaign as the “world’s biggest vaccination drive.”
Authorities hope to inoculate 300 million high-risk people over the next six to eight months. Vaccinations are scheduled to begin on the weekend.
First to get the vaccine will be 30 million health and other front-line workers, followed by about 270 million people aged more than 50 or deemed high-risk.
Airlines were scheduled to deliver 5.65 million vaccine doses earlier in the week to various cities, aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter, and vaccines’ shipping is a “momentous mission.”
Edited by Jesus Chan
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