People Should Continue To Follow Protocols Of Wearing Mask And Maintaining Social Distance: PM Modi

Mumbai: In a huge development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India’s vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus through video conferencing.

While launching the vaccination program Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that people should continue to follow the protocols of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

“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: PM Modi during the launch of nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive,” PM Modi said. 

Developed as the world’s largest immunization program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to immunize its millions of healthcare and frontline workers first and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.

Recalling the pandemic year, PM Modi said that the country has set an example for the world at many steps. 

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“In the fight against Corona, we’ve set an example for the world at many steps. When countries left their citizens, stuck in China amidst this pandemic, on their own, India stepped up & evacuated not only Indians but also people of other nations under the Vande Bharat mission,” he said. 

“This disease kept people away from their families. The mothers cried for their children & 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 added.

The Union Health Ministry said that the initial purchase of 1.65 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin against Covid-19 has been allocated to all the States/UTs.

India reported 15,158 new COVID-19 cases, 16,977 discharges, and 175 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health on Saturday.

The cumulative caseload in the country reached 1,05,42,841 including 2,11,033 active infections and 1,01,79715 recoveries. The death toll has climbed to 1,52,093.

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