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Maharashtra administers close to a million Covid-19 vaccine doses in a day

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Maharashtra on Saturday recorded its highest single-day figure for Covid-19 vaccine doses — 961,495, as of 11.30pm. The total doses administered have reached 49,176,203. A total of 12,807,025 citizens are fully vaccinated, data revealed.

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State health minister Rajesh Tope said this showed that Maharashtra can administer one million doses daily. “Vaccination is the only weapon to contain Covid-19 and if we get regular supply of doses, we will be able to do such mass vaccinations,” said Tope. “Today [Saturday], we have proved that we can undertake vaccination of at least 10 lakh people in a day,” he added.

The previous highest was on July 3 when around 811,000 doses were administered.

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The Maharashtra assembly even passed a resolution demanding at least 30 million doses per month. The state government has been complaining that the Central government was providing insufficient doses.

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This has resulted in an erratic vaccination drive with authorities suspending the drive on some days. Now with the railways allowing only fully vaccinated people to travel, there has been a rush of people seeking vaccines.

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