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India vaccinated 22 million people in 24 hours for the prime minister's birthday

Indian health workers vaccinated more than 22 million people against the coronavirus overnight on September 17-a a new record in the history of the country. Information on this is given on the website of the Ministry of Health.

According to the BBC and India Today, the reason was the desire of citizens and local authorities to celebrate the birthday of the republic's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who turns 71. “This is a gift from health officials and citizens to the prime minister,” said the country's health minister, Mansukh Mandavia.

In response, Modi indicated on his Twitter page that he was proud of his fellow citizens and considered it a great honor. “I commend our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, health workers, and all the rank and file who have worked hard to make vaccination a success,” Modi wrote.

The previous record for the number of people vaccinated in India was set for Aug. 27 at 13 million. A total of about 787 million people in the country have received both doses of the vaccine. Earlier it became known that Indian scientists plan to complete the development of a drug to vaccinate adolescents against coronavirus by October 2021.

We are talking about the drug ZyCov-D — the world's first vaccine created using part of the genetic material of the coronavirus. The vaccine's manufacturer, Zydus Cadila, has received approval to use it to immunize all citizens over the age of 12.

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