During his address to the nation on Monday, PM Modi said that 23 crore people have been given the Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far.
PM Narendra Modi during his address to the nation. (Photo: Screengrab)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the vaccination coverage in India, which was 60 per cent when he took office in 2014, had jumped to 90 per cent before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020.
Addressing the nation, the prime minister said that a new health infrastructure has been developed in the country since the pandemic began.
The prime minister, without naming the UPA government, said that at that speed it could have taken another 40 years to complete vaccinations in the country. Modi said that India has so far vaccinated 23 crore people with the Covid-19 vaccine because of clear, transparent policy and the country’s faith in the scientific community.
While the second wave of Covid-19 recedes, India has been pushing for vaccinating the public as states face a crunch of dosage. The prime minister in his address said, “There is a very smaller number of vaccine manufacturers in the world compared to the massive demand. Imagine what would have happened in India if we didn’t have vaccines.” The prime minister mentioned the fast-paced work of scientists in developing vaccines.
He said that seven companies are working on vaccine production in India and three other candidates are in clinical trials. Meanwhile, two vaccine trials are underway to develop shots for children. He also talked about research being done on developing a nasal vaccine for Cvid-19, which if successful, could boost the inoculation campaign.
PM Modi’s address to the nation on Monday comes at a time when the country recorded its lowest coronavirus cases in two months with 1 lakh fresh cases. The daily Covid-19 death toll has also come down while the number of active cases in the country has decreased to 14 lakh.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Indian scientists for developing a Made in India vaccine against Covid-19 and boosting measures to fight the pandemic within a year of its outbreak.
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