NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, India was on the cusp of reaching a major milestone in its vaccination against Covid-19- a 100 crore jabs. The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 99.54 crore on Wednesday, according to the 7.15 pm data from the Co-WIN portal. That left the cumulative figure just 46 lakh shy of the 100 crore-mark, likely to be surpassed on Thursday. Around 75 per cent of the country’s adult population have been administered the first dose and around 31 per cent having received both doses. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated without delay. A series of events have been lined up to celebrate the milestone. Mandaviya will launch a song by singer Kailash Kher and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort. “The country is close to making a vaccine century. To be a part of this golden opportunity, I appeal to the citizens who are yet to be vaccinated to contribute in this historic golden vaccination journey of India by getting vaccinated immediately,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Mandaviya had earlier said that announcements will be made on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations when India achieves its target of administering 100 crore doses. “After 100 crore doses are administered, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against COVID-19,” Mandaviya had said. (With inputs from PTI)

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