A billion and counting, but the pace of Covid vaccination is slowing down

First dose administration has dropped in some states despite a sizeable population yet to be vaccinated

A health worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at a district hospital in Noida (Photo: PTI)

On September 17, India, in mission mode, administered 22 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The country until then was administering 8 million daily average doses; the average thereafter was just under 10 million. The number of doses administered daily has been decreasing. On October 21, as India became the first nation to administer 1 billion doses, the average daily vaccinations were just 4 million. While it took India 12 days to go from 700 million to 800 million doses, it took 15 days to cover another 100 million; it has taken 20 days to go from 900 million to 1 ...