Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the nation on completing the landmark 100-crore cumulativevaccination, calling it a clear answer to all those who doubted how India would handle the pandemic.
The process is a live example of India’s ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ policy, he said.
“It has been a truly bhagirath effort involving multiple sections of society. To get a sense of the scale, assume that each vaccination took just two minutes for a healthcare worker. At this rate, it took around 41 lakh man-days or approximately 11,000 man-years of effort to reach this landmark,” thein .
Here are the highlights of his speech:
‘If disease does not discriminate, neither should the vaccine’
Speaking on the importance of vaccine equity, PM Modi said that if the disease does not discriminate as to who it affects, neither can the vaccination drive. He said that while nations around the world has been battling vaccine hesitancy, India’s 100-crore feat achieves special significance.
‘A triumph of science’
The prime minister also hailed the scientific and technological innovations that went behind ensuring the availability of vaccines, not just in India, but for countries around the world.