Sleeves up India! PM Modi launches coronavirus vaccination drive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India's coronavirus vaccination drive, paving the path for the immunization of three lakh healthcare workers at over 3,000 sites across the nation. On January 3, India approved two vaccines, Covishield and COVAXIN, both of which are being manufactured indigenously. In the first phase, three crore healthcare and frontline workers will get the jabs. Here are more details.
In the second worst-hit nation, 10,543,659 contracted the fatal disease while 152,130 passed away. Meanwhile, the recovery rate stands at 96.56%, one of the best globally. Before India went ahead with the massive immunization drive, it conducted three mock drills to judge the capability of the entire system. The Co-WIN platform, which was developed to manage the program, was also put to test.
As the vials of the vaccines reached designated sites today, healthcare workers, who were the most exposed to the virus, clapped and cheered. Visuals showed the staff of Cooper Hospital in Mumbai waiting with thalis and sweets to welcome the beneficiaries. Likewise, the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute was all decked up for the first phase of the drive.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital when the drive was launched. The medical director of the facility said, "Doctors, nursing and sanitation staff will be given vaccine today." To be sure, those who receive the doses today will have to return after 28 days to get the second dose. Two doses of the vaccines are necessary for protection against the disease.
In his address, PM Modi said lakhs of countrymen had been waiting for this day for months. He thanked all those who were involved in the process. "We have not one but two 'Make In India' vaccines today and this shows the sheer talent the country has," he said. He also quoted well-known Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar to talk about determination.
आज वो वैज्ञानिक, वैक्सीन रिसर्च से जुड़े अनेकों लोग विशेष प्रशंसा के हकदार हैं, जो बीते कई महीनों से कोरोना के खिलाफ वैक्सीन बनाने में जुटे थे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 16, 2021
आमतौर पर एक वैक्सीन बनाने में बरसों लग जाते हैं।
लेकिन इतने कम समय में एक नहीं, दो मेड इन इंडिया वैक्सीन तैयार हुई हैं: PM
PM Modi reminded that India will follow the set pattern in the drive — the healthcare workers will get the doses first, followed by frontline warriors, who face a higher risk of getting infected. He underlined that getting both doses of the vaccines is necessary while adding that antibodies to fight the disease would kick in two weeks after the second dose is injected.