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PM Modi Addresses Nation On 100-Crore Vaccine Milestone: ‘Symbol of New India’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had succeeded in its Covid-19 campaign and 130 crore citizens of the country were to be credited for its success.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI Photo)

ADDRESSING the nation a day after the cumulative vaccine doses against coronavirus crossed the landmark figure of 100 crore (1 billion) on October 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive as symbol of a “new India” and credited its success to people’s trust in the vaccines. 

Modi said that while many criticised ‘taali, thaali’ initiatives (in which he exhorted citizens to fight the virus during the initial days), the milestone proved India was united in the battle against Covid-19. 

Modi added India had succeeded in its Covid-19 campaign and 130 crore citizens of the country were to be credited for its success. “It’s their success. I congratulate all,” he said.

“One hundred crore vaccines is just not a number. It is the reflection of the capacity of this country, this is a new chapter of the country, a country that knows how to achieve huge targets” – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Science-born, Science-driven, Science-based 

Emphasising on the scientific approach adopted by India in its campaign against Covid-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister on Friday said that it was a matter of pride that the vaccination programme was “science-born, science-driven and science-based”.

“India’s entire Covid vaccination programme is born in the womb of science, has grown on scientific grounds and has reached all four directions through scientific methods. It is a matter of pride for all of us that the entire vaccination programme has been science born, science-driven and science-based. From the development of vaccines to inoculation, science has been the base for all processes.”

However, Modi warned, complacency can be dangerous, and all precautions regarding Covid-19 should continue.

“No matter how good the shield is, no matter how modern the armour is, even if the armour gives a complete guarantee of protection, weapons should not be thrown away while the battle is still on. I request that we have to celebrate our festivals with the utmost care,” PM Modi said.

“100 crore vaccine doses is not only a figure, but it is also a reflection of the country’s strength. It is the creation of a new chapter in history. This is a picture of a New India that knows how to achieve difficult goals”

Economy Accelerating With Increasing vaccination coverage

As India crossed the 1 billion landmark of Covid-19 vaccine doses, experts around the globe are optimistic about the country’s economic growth, Prime Minister Modi said. 

“Experts in India and abroad are very positive about India’s economy. Today, not only record investment is coming to Indian companies but new employment opportunities are also being created for the youth… Positive activities are accelerating in every field with increasing coverage of the vaccine,” Modi said during his address to the nation.

PM Modi also took the opportunity to address the agriculture sector, which he said kept India’s economy “firmly in place” during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Today, food grains are being procured at a record level. The money is going directly into the bank account of the farmers,” he said.

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Talking about other sectors of the economy, the Prime Minister said that today, Indian companies aren’t just getting record investments, but employment generation is also taking place. “Along with record investment in start-ups, record start-up unicorns are also being developed,” he stated. 

He reiterated his clarion call of “Vocal For Local” and appealed to people to buy ‘Made in India’ products during the festival season.

“Emphasis should be given to buying made in India products. This will be possible only with the efforts of everyone. We have to put buying things made by Indians, being Vocal For Local, into practice”

PM Modi also urged people to celebrate the upcoming festivals with utmost caution. 

“I appeal to all those who have not taken the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine yet should be given utmost priority to getting vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated should encourage others,” he said. 

Urging people to keep following Covid protocols, PM Modi added, “No matter how good the armour is, no matter how modern the armour is, even if armour guarantees complete protection, weapons are not thrown while the battle is on. I request that we have to celebrate our festivals with the utmost care.” 

100-Crore Vindicates India’s Ability

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the world there were a lot of apprehensions over India’s ability to deal with it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. However, the 100-crore vaccine doses answered every question raised over it, he said.

“Will the people of India get the vaccine or not? Will India be able to vaccinate enough people to stop the pandemic from spreading? There were various questions, but today this 100 crore vaccine dose is answering every question”

“When the biggest pandemic of 100 years came, questions started arising on India. Will India be able to fight this global pandemic? From where will India get the money to buy so many vaccines from other countries? When will India get the vaccine?” Modi said.

He pointed towards apprehensions from several quarters that it would be very difficult to fight this epidemic in a democracy like India.

“It was also being said for India, for the people of India that how will so much restraint, how so much discipline work here? But for us, democracy means everyone’s cooperation,” he added.

He said that the success of India belongs to every citizen of the country.

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“Our country performed its duty on one hand, and on the other hand, it also got success. Yesterday, India achieved the tough but extraordinary target of 100 crore vaccine doses. Today many people are comparing India’s vaccination programme with other countries of the world,” said PM Modi.

Modi said, the speed with which India crossed the 100-crore mark is also being appreciated but we often forget that from where we have started this. From February 2, front line workers were made eligible for vaccination. These included State and Central Police personnel, Armed Force Personnel, Home Guards, Civil Defence and Disaster Management Volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison Staff, PRI Staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance, Railway Protection Force and election Staff.

The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include persons above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified 20 comorbidities. It was further expanded to all people above 45 years of age from April 1. From May 1, all persons above 18 years of age were made eligible for Covid-19 vaccination. 

Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas

India’s vaccine campaign is a living example of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas aur sabka prayas’ (loosely translating to ‘togetherness, growth, trust and efforts of all’), Prime Minister Modi said. 

“On 21 October, India achieved the difficult but unparalleled target of administering 100 crore vaccine doses. This has come about by the unified efforts of 130 crore Indians. I congratulate our citizens on achieving this feat,” he added. 

The Prime Minister further said the Central government ensured that VIP culture does not overshadow India’s vaccination program and everyone was treated equally.

Over 100.5 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

From February 2, front line workers were made eligible for vaccination. These included State and Central Police personnel, Armed Force Personnel, Home Guards, Civil Defence and Disaster Management Volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison Staff, PRI Staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance, Railway Protection Force and election Staff.

The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include persons above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified 20 comorbidities. It was further expanded to all people above 45 years of age from April 1. From May 1, all persons above 18 years of age were made eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.

(Inputs from ANI)

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