The PM also said two weeks after the second Covid-19 vaccine dose, an individual will build immunity against coronavirus. "I appeal to you not to forget coronavirus appropriate behaviour after getting the dose. The patience with which you fought coronavirus, show the same patience during vaccination now," the PM added.
Addressing the nation, PM Modi stated, "Everyone was waiting for this day with bated breath. Everyone kept asking when will the vaccine come. It’s here and in a short span of time. In some minutes from now, the world’s biggest vaccination drive is to begin."
Watch: PM Modi gets emotional during his speech
#WATCH | PM Narendra Modi gets emotional while talking about the hardships faced by healthcare and frontline workers during the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/B0YQsqtSgW
"Such a big vaccination drive hasn't been conducted in history. Look at the figures in the first phase. Three crore. America, China and India are the only three nations worldwide with a population of more than 30 crore. We have to take it to 30 crore in the second phase. Hence the vaccination drive in India is so huge. This shows our strength and capability," PM Modi said.
On India's vaccine credibility, PM Modi said, "India's vaccines enjoy much credibility world over. We’ve earned this via our track record. Most children in the world get their vaccine shots of those made in India. The world’s trust is on our Made in India vaccines will rise soon. These Indian vaccines are cheaper than foreign shots and easy to use. Some foreign doses are close to 5000/dose and to be stored in -70 degrees."
The Prime Minister also said that India is leading the way in fighting against the novel coronavirus. Be it hydroxychloroquine, or paracetamol, India has delivered amid the coronavirus pandemic, says PM Modi.
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