Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to sound optimistic when it comes to manufacturing and distributing the much-awaited novel coronavirus vaccine to every citizen in the country.
Addressing the nation on it’s 74th Independence Day at the Red Fort, the PM said India has prepped up its capacity to mass-produce the vaccines as soon as scientists give the green signal.
India’s Independence Day celebrations this year have been scaled down owing to the pandmeic. Footages of the Red Fort address show audience are much fewer in number than usual and sitting at a distance from each other.
“Not one, not two, as many as three coronavirus vaccines are being tested in India,” the PM said from the Red Fort ramparts.
Modi was donned in a saffron turban, with a flower on top, and appeared to cover his face with a scarf of the same color whenever someone approached him on-stage.
“Along with mass-production, the roadmap for distribution of vaccine to every single Indian in the least possible time is also ready,” the PM said, Reuters reports. “The country is also ready for mass production of those vaccines.”
“We have prepared the infrastructure to provide the vaccine to every person in the country,” he assured. India is currently the third worst-hit nation in the world with nearly 2.5 million cases.
Novel coronavirus which caused the COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China swept the world killing hundreds of thousands, infecting more than 20 million and obliterating decades of progress.
The PM highlighted ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or ‘self-reliant India’ call and said: “We have to move forward with our mantra of ‘Make in India’, but also with ‘Make for World’.”
According to WHO, more than 100 vaccines are currently under development. Russia, earlier this week announced the launch of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, which was received with Western criticism for its oblivious efficacy.
While vaccines are being pursued around the world, health experts and analysts have questioned the distribution process, pondering how the nations around the world will distribute the jab to 7.X billion people on Earth.
In regular times, procuring the final launch of a vaccine takes months, and sometimes years, before it can be circulated to the general public by health authorities and hospitals.
Starting from the pre-clinical trials and finally the three-stage clinical trials on humans, getting a vaccine ready for the masses is a complex process that entails rigorous testing.
Modi also announced a National Digital Health Mission to digitize health vitals of the 1.3 billion people in an ID which is yet to be issued. Modi said the measure will help in easing the process of getting healthcare.