COVID-19 vaccination drive begins in India
In a virtual meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes. Giving India a new motto ""Dawai bhi, Kadai bhi.
In a virtual meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes. He paid tribute to the frontline workers and scientists and warned everyone not to fall for the rumours over vaccines. Along with this, PM Modi has also launched the government's digital app, COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN).
Giving India a new motto "Dawai bhi, Kadai bhi" PM Modi advised all the citizens that even after taking vaccine everybody must stay careful and maintain all precautions against the virus which includes wearing masks.
One of the vaccines' is developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and the other by Bharat Biotech International with a state-run institute. Around 100 people will receive shots at each of the 3,006 vaccination locations in the first phase. The vaccination programme aims at inoculating 3 crore health and other frontline workers first, followed by 27 crores older than 50 or who are at high-risk.
The first person to receive COVID vaccination was Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, becomes the first person to receive COVID vaccination. After him, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria came forward to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Guleria was the third person to take the shot.
Later the CEO of Serum Institue of India, Adar Poonawalla also took the first dose of Covishield vaccine.