Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday flagged off India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive — the world’s biggest inoculation exercise yet — with three crore healthcare and frontline workers first in live to be vaccinated against the deadly disease.
On Day 1, around 100 beneficiaries will be given the first shots of the two indigenous Covid-19 vaccines — Covishield from the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin — at 3,006 session sites across the country.
While virtually launching the nationwide vaccination drive, PM Modi got emotional speaking about the hardships faced by healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Here are PM Modi’s top quotes from the launch of India’s nationwide coronavirus vaccination drive
- “Scientists gave nod to two made-in-India vaccines after being sure of their effects, don’t pay heed to rumours, propaganda. Our vaccination programme driven by humanitarian concerns, those exposed to maximum risk get priority.”
- “Today when we take a look at the last year, we realise that we have learnt a lot as a person, a family and as a nation.”
- “This disease kept people away from their families. The mothers cried for their children and had to stay away. People could not meet their elderly admitted at hospitals. We could not bid adieu to those with proper rituals who died due to corona.”