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India’s 1 billion covid-19 vaccine doses: some inequities addressed, some remain

India’s 1 billion covid-19 vaccine doses: some inequities addressed, some remain

  • India crossed the key landmark of administering 1 billion covid-19 vaccine doses on Thursday, having given half its population at least one shot
  • The scale has helped it address some of the distribution inequities over time, but not in full measure, data shows
  • Half of all Indians live in five states: Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh
  • But just 41
  • 5% of all doses given in India have gone to these states so far
  • In terms of doses given per 1,000 population, Uttar Pradesh (508) and Bihar (505) lag the national average (729)
  • The gender inequity that existed in early stages has been addressed, with 99 women getting a jab for every 100 men in the last one month, from only 79 per 100 in June
  • However, some states with high vaccination coverage are underperforming: Delhi, for instance, has given doses to 723 females per 1,000 males, a gross mismatch against its sex ratio of 876:1,000
  • With the 45+ age group receiving 1,270 doses per 1,000 population, nearly 73% are yet to get fully vaccinated
  • The younger lot—the 18-44 age group—account for 74% of Indias population and have received 55
  • 5% of the total doses
  • Since August, 60% of all doses have gone to this age group
  • As vaccination expands, these disparities are likely to taper
  • However, the pace of vaccination has slowed this month to 5
  • 3 million doses a day, compared to 7
  • 9 million and 6
  • 1 million in the previous two months
  • As more vaccines enter the market, the rollout will get a push
  • Big DropIn the last seven days, India’s vaccination coverage grew just 2
  • 2%, the third slowest among the 10 most populous countries for which data is available
  • Indonesia saw the fastest growth for the second straight week, followed by the Philippines and Mexico
  • Indonesia, which recently saw a devastating covid-19 outbreak, aims to administer 300 million doses by the end of this year, even as its famed tourist destination Bali is set to reopen to vaccinated tourists
  • The Philippines received 844,800 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Germany through the COVAX facility earlier this week
  • It also began to vaccinate its teenage population with comorbidities
  • Russia registered its highest daily covid-19 death toll this week since the pandemic began early last year
  • It has so far only administered 670 doses per 1,000 people
  • Only about 42 million of Russia’s 146 million citizens have been fully vaccinated
  • First in 8 monthsThe outbreak in India continues to subside
  • India reported 106,770 new cases in the last seven days, down 16
  • Kerala, at 59,092 new infections, reported more cases than all the other states and Union territories combined
  • Ernakulam, ​​Thiruvananthapuram, and Thrissur districts accounted for 40
  • 6% of all cases reported in Kerala
  • For the first time since February-end, every single district in India reported fewer than 10,000 cases in a seven-day period
  • Only for 100 districts did the number of new cases grow this week, but in most cases, the rise has been less than 20 cases
  • The exceptions are Serchhip of Mizoram and Una of Himachal Pradesh, which reported 660 and 112 new cases, up from 426 and 85, respectively
  • In Nagaland’s Tuensang and Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, the count has been rising steadily since the past three weeks
  • Retrospective TollsIndia reported 1,377 new covid-related deaths this week, 13
  • 2% fewer than the preceding week
  • The decline has been constant for the past two weeks
  • All states and Union territories except Haryana and Punjab reported fewer deaths this week, with 14 reporting none
  • Haryana, which had reported no death in the last week, added 174 deaths this week, most of which were retrospective as part of a reconciliation exercise
  • Punjab reported 18 deaths
  • Kerala continued to report the most deaths (513), but down 33%
  • Of the four districts in India that reported over 50 deaths, three are in Kerala
  • Thiruvananthapuram reported 97 deaths, the only district with over 60 deaths in the past seven days
  • India must keep working to address inequities in the vaccination drive and to pace it up consistently to ensure more lives aren’t lost due to the pandemic
  • Retrospective TollsIndia reported 1,377 new covid-related deaths this week, 13
  • 2% fewer than the preceding week
  • The decline has been constant for the past two weeks
  • All states and Union territories except Haryana and Punjab reported fewer deaths this week, with 14 reporting none
  • Haryana, which had reported no death in the last week, added 174 deaths this week, most of which were retrospective as part of a reconciliation exercise
  • Punjab reported 18 deaths
  • Kerala continued to report the most deaths (513), but down 33%
  • Of the four districts in India that reported over 50 deaths, three are in Kerala
  • Thiruvananthapuram reported 97 deaths, the only district with over 60 deaths in the past seven days
  • India must keep working to address inequities in the vaccination drive and to pace it up consistently to ensure more lives aren’t lost due to the pandemic
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