“Vaccine for COVID Heroes First,” Says PM Modi At Launch of Coronavirus Vaccination Drive

“Vaccine for COVID Heroes First,” Says PM Modi At Launch of Coronavirus Vaccination Drive

PM Modi launched India's Coronavirus vaccination drive and called it the world's largest vaccination drive covering 3 crore people in the first phase
"Vaccine for COVID Heroes First," Says PM Modi At Launch of Coronavirus Vaccination DrivePrime Minister Narendra Modi lauded health workers for their relentless service and said they will get the vaccine against COVID-19 first
Highlights
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started India's coronavirus vaccination
  • PM Modi lauded India's health workers and scientists for fighting COVID-19
  • 3 crore health and frontline workers will be vaccinated first: PM Modi

New Delhi: January 16, 2021, will be remembered in the history as the day the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive took off. It has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10:30 AM today, setting off India on the path towards overcoming the pandemic that unleashed unprecedented suffering over the last 12 months. India’s COVID vaccine drive, which according to the government is the world’s largest vaccination programmes and aims to inoculate 3 crore health and other frontline workers first in the phase one of the vaccination drive. The vaccination drive will use vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, manufactured in India at Serum Institute in Pune – Covishield and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research. Both the COVID-19 vaccines have been given restricted emergency use.

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Here are the top highlights from the launch of India's Coronavrius Vaccination:

  1. Today, many of those scientists, who had been involved in making the vaccine against Coronavirus for the past several months, deserve special praise. It usually takes years to make a vaccine. But in such a short time, not one, two Made in India vaccines are ready. This is an evidence of India’s scientific progress and talent, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  2. PM Modi informed that those who need the vaccine the most will be vaccinated first – healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, and others in private and government hospitals will be the priority. After that, those in essential services who are responsible for security and law – Army, sanitation workers and others. India is vaccinating 3 crore people in its first phase of vaccination and the centre will bear the cost.
  3. Lauding health and frontline workers for putting a tough fight against COVID-19 in times of crisis and atmosphere of despair, PM Modi said, they stayed away from their families and children, stayed away from their homes for days. “Hundreds never returned home. They sacrificed their lives to save lives. So today, by vaccinating the healthcare workers first, society is in a way paying their debts,” said the Prime Minister.
  4. Never before has this type of vaccination and such a large-scale vaccination campaign been run in history. There are over than 100 countries in the world whose population is less than 3 crores and India is vaccinating 3 crore people in its first phase of vaccination: PM.
  5. In the second phase, we have to take it to the number of 30 crores. Those who are elderly, who are suffering from a serious illness, will get vaccinated at this stage, said PM.
  6. PM Modi appealed to the citizens to take both the doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Between the first and second dose, a gap of about one month will also be kept. ‘Only 2 weeks after the second dose, your body will develop the necessary strength against the corona’, informed PM.
  7. PM Modi also urged to steer clear of misinformation and myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and said, Indian experts and scientists, have given emergency use approval to two vaccines only after trials and being confident of vaccines’ efficacy.
  8. PM Modi compared Indian vaccines to other vaccines being used in neighbouring countries and informed that Indian vaccines are cheap and easy to store, transport and adminster. He said, “There are vaccines which cost Rs. 5,000 per dose and need to be stored at -70 degree Celsius. India’s vaccines are developed in a way keeping in mind the conditions of the country. They will give a decisive victory to our country.”
  9. Our vaccine developers have global credibility. Life-saving vaccines given to 60 per cent children globally are made in India: PM.
  10. Mask, do gaz ki doori (social distancing) and hygiene will be needed during and after vaccination also, said PM and added, the start of vaccination does not mean people should stop following the COVID-19 protocols. We must take another vow, ‘Dawaai Bhi, Kadaai Bhi’ (yes to vaccine, yes to caution).

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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

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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