In the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive which started in India on January 16, more than 15.37 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated across India so far, according to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). 

MoHFW has said that 15,37,190 beneficiaries have been administered coronavirus vaccines and over 27,700 vaccine sessions have been held till 6 pm on Saturday. 

"Today, vaccination sessions were organised in 27 States/UTs and up to 06:00 pm, around 1,46,598 beneficiaries have been vaccinated," the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said in a media briefing. "Total 6 deaths have been reported so far," the MoHFW added.

In the last 24 hours, a person aged 56 years from Gurugram has died and the post-mortem confirmed that Cardio-pulmonary disease was the reason for the death and it was not related to vaccination.

Notably, none of the deaths has been causally linked with COVID-19 vaccination, as per MoHFW.

The ministry said that in addition to 12 states currently using Covaxin, seven new states would be administering Covaxin from next week.

It informed that training of Immunization Programme Managers of 13 foreign countries using Indian vaccine was conducted by the MoHFW covering all aspects of vaccine rollout spread over two days.

It also said, "In States/ UTs, prominent doctors are getting vaccinated are becoming part of communication campaign with different hashtags."

This is to be noted that India's total active coronavirus caseload has witnessed a declining trend and it has now dropped to 1.85 lakh on Saturday.

The total number of daily new cases in the last 24 hours was recorded at 14,256, whereas, 17,130 people recovered and were discharged on Friday.

According to MoHFW, 28 states and UTs have less than 5,000 active COVID-19 cases.



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