PM Modi Takes The Home-Grown Covaxin Jab At AIIMS
In a bid to boost vaccination drive against COVID-19 and to send a message to states going to elections in March-April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jab of the home-grown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
What did PM Modi say after taking the vaccine?
PM Modi praised the doctors and scientists by saying that they had done a remarkable job by strengthening the global fight against COVID-19 in a short time. He urged people over 60 and over 45 with illnesses to take vaccine jabs. His message was “Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,”. He even tweeted his picture of taking the jab.
What was the message to electorates?
PM Modi was wearing a gamcha from Assam and the nurses – Rosamma Anil and P Niveda – who administered the jab were from Kerala and Puducherry respectively. The officials said that the gamcha was symbolic of blessings from the women of Assam.
PM Modi visited AIIMS with no route diversion
Earlier in the day, PM Modi was taken to AIIMS for vaccination but no route diversion was planned for the PM to avoid inconvenience to public. The country started the vaccination drive on January 16 and hopes to vaccinate 30 crore people by August in the second phase that starts on March 1, 2021.
India is the second hardest hit country after the US and it is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.