PM: India vaccines approved for emergency use only after experts fully convinced about safety & efficacy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing today. This is the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.
The Prime Minister put the unprecedented scale of the vaccination drive in perspective by informing that, in the first round itself, 3 crore people, which is more than the population of at least 100 countries of the world, are being vaccinated. He said that this needs to be taken up to 30 crores in the second round when elderly and people with serious co-morbidities will be vaccinated. He said that there are only three countries- India, the USA, and China, who have a population of more than 30 crores. This scale of vaccination campaign has never been attempted in history and this shows India’s capability, PM said.
The Prime Minister asked people to stay away from rumors and propaganda as these made-in-India vaccines have been approved for emergency use only after the scientists and experts were fully convinced about their safety and efficacy. Indian vaccine scientists, medical system, Indian process, and institutional mechanism in this regard are trusted globally and this trust is earned with a consistent track record. The Prime Minister pointed out that 60 percent of children world over receive life-saving vaccines that are made-in-India and pass through stringent Indian scientific tests.
The Prime Minister said this trust in Indian vaccine expertise and Indian vaccine scientists are going to be further strengthened by the made-in-India Corona vaccine. Indian vaccines are not only much cheaper than foreign vaccines but they are much easier to administer too. Some of the foreign vaccines, the Prime Minister pointed out, are priced up to five thousand rupees per dose and have to be stored in minus 70 degrees temperature. Whereas, Indian vaccines are based on technology that has been tried and tested for many years in India. With regard to storage to transportation, these vaccines are suitable for Indian conditions and will help us in securing a decisive victory in our fight against Corona, said the Prime Minister.
Mr. Modi termed the Indian response to corona as one of self-confidence and self-reliance. He noted a determination not to let the confidence weaken in every Indian. He recalled the journey from one Corona lab to the strong network of 2300 labs; from dependence to self-sufficiency to exporting capacity in masks, PPE and ventilators. He called upon people to show the same sense of self-confidence and self-reliance during the phase of vaccination drive.
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