100 crore vaccination: PM addresses nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 22, 2021, addressed the nation on achieving the milestone of 100 crore vaccinations.

Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Modi lauded the difficult but remarkable feat of administering 100 crore vaccine doses.

He attributed this achievement to the dedication of 130 crore countrymen and said this success is the success of India and the success of every countryman.

“100 crore vaccinations are not just a figure, but a reflection of the strength of the country; it is the creation of a new chapter of history. This is a picture of a new India that sets difficult goals and knows how to achieve them.”

He noted that today many people are comparing India’s vaccination programme with other countries of the world. He said developed countries had decades of expertise in researching and developing vaccines, and India was mostly depended on vaccines made by these countries.

“When the biggest pandemic of the century struck, various questions were raised about India’s ability to fight the global pandemic. Those questions were answered by achieving this feat of administering 100 crore vaccinations. India has not only administered 100 crore vaccine doses to its citizens but has also done that free of cost. The acceptance that India enjoys in the world as a pharma hub will be further strengthened,” said PM Modi.

He said the mantra for the campaign was ‘Free Vaccine and Vaccine for Everyone’.

“Vaccinations were given to Poor-rich, Rural-urban alike. The country has only one mantra that if the disease does not discriminate, then there cannot be any discrimination in the vaccination. That’s why it was ensured that the VIP culture of entitlement does not dominate the vaccination campaign,” said PM Modi.

“Questions were raised that most of the people in India would not go to the vaccination centre to get vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy remains a major challenge even today in many major developed countries of the world. But the people of India have answered it by taking 100 crore vaccine doses.”

PM Modi said it is a matter of pride for all of us that the entire vaccination programme of India has been science-born, science-driven and science-based.

He said the Cowin platform, made in India, not only gave convenience to the common people but also made the work of our medical staff easier.

He stressed that no matter how good the cover is, no matter how modern the armour is, even if armour gives a complete guarantee of protection, weapons are not given up while the battle is on. Similarly, he said there is no reason to get careless. He requested the people to celebrate the festivals with utmost care. (Press Release)

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