Around 21,000 beneficiaries were supposed to be vaccinated at 207 centres across the state on the first day, but 16,500 people got the vaccine till about 6 pm when the process concluded.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive was successfully conducted on the first day, Additional Secretary in the Union health ministry Manohar Agnani said during a press briefing.
Mumbai city reported 571 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 3,02,226, while its death toll rose to 11,237 with eight new fatalities.
England's senior doctors have joined hands with Action Fraud and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to issue joint advice reminding people that vaccines are only available for free at the NHS
While it was mostly senior doctors who took the COVID-19 vaccine in Tamil Nadu on the inaugural day, some healthcare workers cast their fears aside and also went ahead to take the jab
The former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav said he has faith in doctors of the country but not the government.
"Why should I take the vaccine. They are trying to hold the trial using us even before complete data on trials, efficacy and safety is released," said a govt medical college professor
Healthcare workers at Delhi hospital treated with chocolates, cakes, juices after COVID-19 vaccine shots
Dr Vikas Dogra, head of the pulmonology department, was the first health worker who received the vaccination at the hospital.
Bangladesh recorded the highest daily new cases of 4,019 on July 2 and the highest number of 64 deaths on June 30 last year.
The active cases tally on Saturday dropped to 2,691 from 2,795 the previous day, while the positivity rate dropped to 0.42 per cent.
While 114 fresh cases were reported in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, the state also saw 326 recoveries and zero deaths, a health department bulletin said.
Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against COVID-19 in phase one and phase two trials.
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Just hours after the launch, 'LargestVaccineDrive' was trending on Twitter with over 4.3 lakh tweets.
BJP I-T department head Amit Malviya tweeted that Rahul Gandhi raised doubts on government's effort to roll out COVID vaccine.
In a letter to the medical superintendent, the association said the resident doctors were "a bit apprehensive" about Covaxin and might not participate in the immunisation drive.