Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched India’s mega COVID-19 vaccination drive today via video conference said that it is important to take two doses of vaccine ad must follow COVID-19 guidelines even after getting vaccinated.
“It takes years to make a vaccine, but in such a short time, not one but two Made-in-India vaccines were developed” said the PM.The Prime Minister said people should not fall for propaganda over vaccines, amid controversy over one of the two Covid shots being administered in India – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, which is still in clinical trial.”The DGCI gave approval after they were satisfied with the data of the two vaccines. So people must stay away from rumours,” PM Modi said. “But in times of that crisis and atmosphere of despair, some were giving us hope. They were putting themselves at risk to save us – doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, ASHA workers, sanitation workers, police and other frontline workers – they prioritised their duty towards humanity. They stayed away from their families and children, stayed away from their homes for days. Hundreds never returned home. They sacrificed their lives to save lives. So today, by vaccinating the healthcare workers first, society is in a way paying their debts,” said the Prime Minister.
“Many Life-saving vaccines given to 60% children globally are made in India. Our vaccine developers have a global credibility. Indian vaccines were cheaper compared to the other global vaccines. India’s vaccines are developed in a way keeping in mind the conditions of the country. They will give decisive victory to our country,” he said. India’s drive is one of the world’s biggest vaccination programmes aimed at vaccinating 3 crore health and other frontline workers first in the mega vaccination drive. Some 3,000 sites across all states and union territories will open their doors for the launch via video-conference by PM Modi and around 100 people will be vaccinated at each session site.