India's vaccination programme science- born, science-driven, science-based: PM Modi

The PM said that 100 crore vaccinations are not just a number but the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the country.

Published: 22nd October 2021 10:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2021 09:35 AM   |  A+A-

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PM modi addresses nation. (Photo | PIB India)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said public participation had been the first line of defence against the Covid pandemic. He hailed the feat of 100 crore vaccinations in the country, saying that it’s not just a figure, but a reflection of the strength of the country. 

“If the disease does not discriminate, then there cannot be any discrimination in the vaccination. That’s why it was ensured that the VIP culture of entitlement does not dominate the vaccination campaign,” said Modi in an address to the nation a day after India registered 100 crore vaccinations against the Covid-19.   
Reiterating that India’s response against the Covid-19 has been based on science, PM Modi said that the “entire vaccination programme has been science-born, science-driven and science-based”.

He also asserted that the vaccination campaign has again demonstrated India’s status as the global pharma hub. Stating that there’s an all round positive outlook, PM Modi said that he sees optimism everywhere. “Today not only are record investments coming in Indian companies but new employment opportunities are also being created. With record investment in start-ups, unicorns are emerging,” said PM Modi, while asserting improved economic outlook of the country.

PM Modi also exhorted the people to support the self-reliance pitch of the government, seeking support for “vocal for local” campaign. He advised caution amid the festival season, saying that “no matter how good the cover is, no matter how modern the armour is, weapons are not given up while the battle is on. There is no reason to get careless. Celebrate festivals with utmost precautions.” 

PM Modi emphasised that while developed countries had decades of expertise in researching and developing vaccines. India mostly depended on vaccines made by these countries. 


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