Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the slogan for 2021 against the Covid-19 pandemic, “Dawai Bhi, Kadaai Bhi” implying that though the vaccine will be there, people must be cautious as well. Starting from this year, masses will get vaccines that will be manufactured in India.
PM Modi has prioritized preparations to run the world’s largest vaccination program in 2021. The preparations are in the last stages for the vaccination program against COVID-19 said PM Modi laying the foundation stone in Rajkot, Gujarat for an All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). A total of 201 acres of land is being allotted for the new AIIMS. The estimated cost of the new AIIMS is Rs. 1195 crores and will likely be completed by the year 2022. The institute will have a 30-bed AAYUSH block, 60 nursing seats, and 125 MBBS seats.
“Here (at AIIMS) the world will witness both experience as well as expertise of mass immunization. This will provide the world with both startup and startup ecosystem where both technology and health solutions are integrated,” said PM Modi.
“I used to say ‘jab tak dawai nahi dhilai nahi’ (until there is no medicine, no easing up) but now our mantra for 2021 should be: Dawai bhi, kadaai bhi, (medicine also, caution also)” said PM Modi, noting that the pandemic must not be taken lightly.
The government of India will start administering the vaccines ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ in the coming weeks after a panel of experts have approved it, after which the applications will move for final approval to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).
Bidding farewell to 2020, the Prime Minister also thanked all the doctors, health warriors, sanitation staff, pharmacists, all the frontline workers, and all those who sacrificed their lives to protect the masses.