The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Saturday, while addressing the people of India, launched the first phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive to fight against the coronavirus.
In the first phase, India will administer vaccine shots to three crore frontline workers who had tirelessly and selflessly worked to safeguard millions of people in their fight against the virus.
Quoting the efforts of the frontline workers while addressing the nation, PM Modi teared up. He, talking about the struggle-filled journey of lakhs of people who worked to eradicate the deadly disease, said that “some of them could not even return home”.
100 People Each Day
The vaccination drive will take place at 3,006 session sites across the country. All these sites will vaccinate 100 people daily. The PM, while addressing India requested people to ensure that they receive compulsory two doses of the same vaccine, 28 days apart.
Besides talking about the vaccination, PM Modi also recalled the efforts of the government and people to bring Indians, stuck across nations amidst the pandemic, back to their mother country.
PM Modi says, “In the fight against coronavirus, we have set an example for the world at many steps. When countries left their citizens, stuck in China amidst this pandemic, on their own, India stepped up and evacuated not only Indians but also people of other nations under Vande Bharat mission.”
Don’t pay heed to rumours, urges Modi
Moreover, PM Modi went on to praise the efforts of scientists who have been working for months to prepare the vaccines. He requested people not fall for unneeded political propaganda and also not pay heed to rumours begin spread about the vaccine.
“It takes years to make a vaccine, but in such a short time, not one but two Made-in-India vaccines were developed. This is testimony to the skills and talent of our scientists,” said the PM adding that “scientists gave nod to two made-in-India vaccines after being sure of their effects, don’t pay heed to rumours, propaganda”
First Vaccine Administered at AIIMS
In a first, a sanitation worker and frontliner, Manish Kumar, at AIIMS Delhi became the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
As the vaccine drive was inaugurated, Congratulation India started trending on Twitter.
PM Modi signed off urging people to follow the new motto – “Dawai bhi, Kadai bhi (Vaccine as well as discipline)”