New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the vaccination campaign of this scale is unprecedented in the history of mankind.
His statement came during the launch of the pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. The Prime Minister said three crore people, which is more than the population of at least 100 countries of the world, are being vaccinated.
He said that this needs to be taken up to 30 crores in the second round when elderly and people with serious co-morbidities will be vaccinated. He said that there are only three countries- India, the USA, and China, who have a population of more than 30 crores. This scale of vaccination campaign has never been attempted in history and this shows India’s capability, Modi Said.
The Prime Minister asked people to stay away from rumors and propaganda as these made-in-India vaccines have been approved for emergency use only after the scientists and experts were fully convinced about their safety and efficacy. Indian vaccine scientists, medical system, Indian process, and institutional mechanism in this regard are trusted globally and this trust is earned with a consistent track record.
The Prime Minister pointed out that 60 percent of children world over receive life-saving vaccines that are made-in-India and pass through stringent Indian scientific tests. PM Modi termed the Indian response to corona as one of self-confidence and self-reliance. He noted a determination not to let the confidence weaken in every Indian.