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Independence Day 2020: PM Modi promises India-made COVID-19 vaccine soon

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) on Saturday said that an India-made vaccine for COVID-19 will be out soon and it will be produced on a mass scale. He announced as part of his seventh Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort.

“We all are waiting for a COVID- 19 vaccine. I want to tell you that three vaccine candidates are at different stages of testing in the country,” said prime minister Narendra Modi. “As soon as our experts and scientists give the green signal, a Made in India COVID-19 will be available soon,” he added.

Modi also hailed the healthcare professionals who are helping the country battle COVID-19. He said the country will achieve victory over coronavirus with the resolve of its over 130 crore citizens.

Stresses on Atmanirbhar Bharat

PM Modi also said that Atmanirbhar Bharat has become a mantra for everyone and will help push India’s share in the global economy. “It has captured people’s imagination and become a mantra for everyone, as he pushed for raising India’s share in the global economy.

The prime minister said the country received record foreign direct investments during the last fiscal and even during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Aatmanirbhar Bharat was not limited to reducing dependence on imports, but strengthening India’s capacity, creativity and skills.

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“India has always believed that the entire world is one family. While we focus on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process and our journey,” Modi said. Citing an example of what India can do, Modi said before the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was not making N-95 masks, PPE and ventilators, but now it is in a position to export such items.

He also paid tributes to freedom fighters and security forces including Aurobindo Ghose, a freedom fighter and spiritual philosopher whose birth anniversary falls today.

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