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Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Welcomes India’s Coronavirus Vaccination Drive With His Sand Art And A Message ‘Together We Can Win’

Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture welcoming India’s coronavirus vaccines on Odisha’s Puri beach

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Welcomes India’s Coronavirus Vaccination Drive With His Sand Art And A Message ‘Together We Can Win’
Highlights
  • India’s coronavirus vaccination drive will begin on January 16, 2021
  • PM Modi will launch India’s COVID vaccine drive at 10.30 AM
  • 12 feet long sand art at Odisha’s Puri beach features vaccine vials

New Delhi: India’s Coronavirus vaccination drive which according to the government is the world’s largest vaccination programme is set to begin on January 16 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching it at 10.30 AM. Ahead of the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine drive in India, Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture welcoming India’s coronavirus vaccines on Odisha’s Puri beach. The sand art features India’s map, coronavirus and vaccine vials. The 20 feet long and 7 feet tall, sand art is accompanied with a message ‘together we can win’.

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In a conversation with NDTV, Mr Pattnaik shared details of his latest sand art and said,

We have made this sand art to create awareness among people about vaccination. 12 tonnes of sand has been used and it took us 7 hours to put this together. The sand art is also our way of thanking our scientists and researchers who introduced India to COVID-19 vaccines.

Further urging people to join hands in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Pattnaik said,

Though the COVID-19 vaccine is here and the first phase of the vaccination process will begin in a few hours, the pandemic is not over. As citizens, we have to follow COVID precautionary measures listed by the government. In addition to this, we should cooperate with the government in the phased vaccination process.

Also Read: Beginning Of End Of COVID-19, Says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Ahead Of Vaccination Drive

Mr Pattnaik has been raising awareness around Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic around the globe. In July, 2020, the internationally renowned sand artist created artwork to raise awareness about how to wear a mask properly. With the message ‘Fight Against COVID-19’, the artwork depicted the right way to wear a face mask. The sculpture featured two men wearing masks. While one of them wore it in the wrong manner, the other one shows the right way to wear a mask to avoid contracting the virus.

Also Read: Exclusive: Ahead of India’s Massive COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla Explains How Vaccines Are Being Manufactured From The Facility

Before that, in June, Mr Pattnaik created another sand art to encourage people to take up the responsibility of their own safety and wear a mask when in public. While sharing his art on Twitter, he had said, “Be responsible for your own safety! Make sure to cover your nose & mouth properly with mask.”

Also Read: NITI Aayog Member Dr VK Paul Answers Your Queries On COVID-19 Vaccination Drive To Be Launched By PM Modi

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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