In a virtual address, the Prime Minister made an emotional reference to the hardships faced by the healthcare and frontline workers during the pandemic and paid tribute to those who lost their lives.
“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,” PM Modi said.
Here are the top quotes from his virtual address:
“Today, when we’ve developed our own vaccine, the world is looking at India with hope. As our vaccination drive will move forward, other countries of the world will benefit from it. India’s vaccine and our production capability must be used for human interest, this is our commitment.”
“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 is driven by humanitarian concerns, those exposed to maximum risk get priority.”
“I request you not to make the mistake of taking off the mask and not maintaining social distancing after getting the first dose because immunity develops after the second dose.”
“Such a vaccination drive at a massive scale was never seen in history. There are over 100 countries having less than 3 crore population and India is administering vaccination to 3 crore people alone in the first phase. In the second phase, we’ve to take this number to 30 crore.”
“Normally, it takes many years to make a vaccine but in such a short span of time, not one, but two ‘Made in India’ vaccines are ready. Meanwhile, the work on other vaccines is progressing at a fast pace.”
“I want to remind people of the country that two doses of the Corona vaccine are very important. Experts have said that there should be a gap of one month between both vaccinations.”
“India is among the few countries which despite hardships, provided medicines and medical help to over 150 countries around the world. Whether it is paracetamol, hydroxychloroquine, or testing equipment, India has made every possible effort to save people of other countries.”
“Start of vaccination does not mean people should stop following the Covid protocols of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. We must take another vow – Dawai bhi, Kadaai bhi.”