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India embarks on world's largest COVID vaccination drive

Modi plans to inoculate 300m with Oxford-AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech vaccines

A temporary vaccination center on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. India's goal is to vaccinate 300 million people by "July-August," health minister Harsh Vardhan says.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is set to launch an ambitious vaccination drive on Saturday, one that will cover about 300 million of the nation's 1.3 billion people in the next few months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick off the drive via a video conference connecting 3,006 vaccination sites. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each site on the inaugural day, according to an official statement released on Thursday evening. This means about 300,000 people will receive shots on Saturday.

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