Coronavirus vaccine drive is a hallmark of self-reliant India: Amit Shah
India on Saturday kicked off world's biggest vaccination drive on Saturday; many top leaders and union ministers tagged it as a 'historic moment' for the nation.
Speaking on the results of the vaccination drive, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that seeing today’s turnout, “many more people will turn up to get inoculated”. He also mentioned that India is now preparing for export of coronavirus vaccine to other countries too.
“We will export the vaccines to other countries also as India believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family),” he said in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, BJP national president JP Nadda described it as a momentous day in India’s history. “We salute our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers for making great efforts at this time. They are the real heroes of the largest vaccine drive. The vaccine will save us from the COVID virus but we should support it by use of masks, frequent handwashing and maintaining physical distance,” Nadda said.
In a series of tweets, Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised PM Narendra Modi and his guidance during the coronavirus battle. “The ‘new India’ led by Modi ji transforms disasters into opportunities and challenges into achievements. This ‘Made in India’ vaccine represents the determination of this self-reliant India. On this historic day, I bow to all our Corona warriors,” Shah tweeted.
On Day 1 of mass vaccination, around 3 lakh front line workers are to be given coronavirus vaccine. The national vaccination program will be held daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.