India Vaccinates Nearly 200,000 People on First Day of COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

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  • India started its nation-wide vaccination program for COVID-19 on Saturday, and inoculated a total of 190,000 health workers that day
  • A total of 16,755 trained vaccinators where involved at 3,351 sessions nationwide
  • Officals had planned to inoculate at least 300,000 people on the first day, but were constrained by a glitch in the app used to coordinate and monitor the process
  • The country has approved two vaccines for emergency use; one from Oxford/AstraZeneca andthe other from Covaxin, which was developed by a local biotech company Bhart Biotech
  • India has the second highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally, at over 10.5 million confirmed cases