Covid: more than a million vaccinated per day, India’s crazy bet


The authorities want to cover 300 million people in less than eight months, or all of the over 49s in the country.

It is the campaign of all superlatives. Saturday January 16, India begins to vaccinate its population. Objective: to cover 300 million people by the end of August. Ten million healthcare workers will be the first to receive an injection. Then it will be the turn of the 20 million police, soldiers, paramilitaries, prison guards, municipal agents, civil protection and taxes. In short, all those who are on the front line in the fight against the epidemic or essential to the functioning of public services. Finally, 270 million Indians aged over 49, or of fragile health, will be affected. To achieve the goal, more than 1.3 million people will need to be injected with a dose every day, although vaccination is not compulsory. By comparison, Israel, which has gone very fast in its campaign, vaccinated 80,000 per day.

The authorities are used to oversized operations. The country has vaccinated tens of millions of children against

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