India has overtaken the US in the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Amid rising concerns over the Delta plus variant of the virus, member of NITI Aayog, Dr. VK Paul ascertained that there is no scientific data so far to establish that the new COVID variant is highly transmissible or reduces vaccine efficacy.
India logged 46,148 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,02,79,331, while daily fatalities were recorded below 1000, taking the death toll to 3,96,730, according to the Union Health Ministry. The country registered 979 fresh fatalities due to COVID-19 in a day, the lowest in 76 days.
The active cases declined to 5,72,994 comprising 1.89 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.80 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A net decline of 13,409 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The 979 new fatalities include 405 from Maharashtra, 91 from Tamil Nadu, 89 from Karnataka, 75 from Uttar Pradesh and 62 from Kerala.
A total of 3,96,730 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,21,286 from Maharashtra, 34,743 from Karnataka, 32,290 from Tamil Nadu, 24,965 from Delhi, 22,518 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,612 from West Bengal, 15,991 from Punjab and 13,431 from Chhattisgarh.
Union Ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and G Kishan Reddy on Sunday visited Bharat Biotech's vaccine manufacturing and Bio-Safety Level-3 facility to review the production of vaccines.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya said the central government is committed to supporting 'all our vaccine developers and manufacturers for ensuring vaccines for all'.