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PM Narendra Modi launches India’s COVID vaccination drive


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India’s coronavirus vaccination drive. Modi in his speech urged Indians not to ignore the second vaccine dose.  “It is essential to administer two doses. Don’t forget to get the second dose and they have to be 1 month apart,” Narendra Modi said in his address.

“The entire world trusts our medical system, our scientists… we have gained this trust due to our track record,” PM Modi said at the launch. “In general, vaccines take years to develop. But now we have two Made-In-India vaccines and this is evidence of India’s scientific progress and talent,” Modi said.

He said those who need it the most will be vaccinated first – healthcare workers like doctors, nurses among others in both private and government hospitals. “After that those in essential services and are responsible for security and law will be vaccinated,” he said.

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He also urged users not to forget protocols after the first dose and that they should continue to wear masks and follow social distancing. “The way you have fought the pandemic, show the same patience with vaccination. A drive on this scale has never happened before,” he said.

Highlights of the vaccination

  • The drive will first inoculate 3 crore health and other frontline workers.
  • The vaccines to be used are manufactured in India – one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the other by Bharat Biotech.
  • Apart from health workers, those over 50 and those deemed at high-risk will get priority in vaccination.
  • Three lakh people are expected to get vaccinated on the first day.

COVID in India

India now has 1,05,42,841 COVID cases with the country reporting 15,158 new positive cases on Saturday. Recoveries stand at 1,01,79,715, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.
The country’s death toll stands at 1,52,093 with 175 daily new fatalities.
The recovery rate is 96.56% while the fatality rate is 1.44%. The COVID-19 active caseload in the country is below 3 lakh.


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