India prepared with two ‘Made in India’ vaccines to protect humanity: Modi

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2021

From investments to remittances, the contribution of ‘pravsis’ has been unparalleled, the PM said

India is prepared with two ‘Made in India’ Covid-19 vaccines to protect humanity from the virus and the new systems put in place by the country at the time of the pandemic have been appreciated by global institutions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

"Being the pharmacy of the world, India has already taken up the responsibility of sending essential medicines to all those in need around the world and is continuing to do so. Today, the world is not just waiting for India’s vaccines, but is also keen to watch how the country implements the largest vaccination programme in the world,” he said speaking at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) convention on Saturday through video conference

PM added: “India, today, is among countries that have the lowest death rates (due to the virus) and with one of the highest recovery rates.”

The PM appreciated the contribution made by the Indian expatriate community to the fight against the pandemic in their countries of residence as well as in India.

 “Over the past few months, I have held talks with a number of Heads of States. State Heads stressed on the service provided by expat Indian doctors, para-medics and ordinary citizens in their countries,” he said.

He also thanked them for their contribution to PM Cares which would be used to strengthen health infrastructure in India.

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From investments to remittances, the contribution of the expat community has been unparalleled, he said.

The PM pointed out that India had done structural reforms from education to enterprise to bring wholesome changes in the economy and society. To promote manufacturing, India started the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, which has gained a lot of popularity in very less time. “From Aatmanirbhar Bharat, you can become a medium to take affordable and quality solutions from India to the poorest of countries and people all over the world,” he added.

The products that will be made in India and solutions that India finds will benefit the entire world, he said.

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During the on-going pandemic, India has yet again displayed its abilities and capabilities, the PM said. “Earlier India used to import PPE kits, masks, ventilators and testing kits. After the COVID-19 outbreak, India increased its strength and today is not only self-reliant in the manufacture of these items, but is also exporting,” he said.

 The country has now started taking huge strides in science and technology and is a global leader in the space programme and building a techs startup ecosystem, he said. “Even during COVID-19, several new unicorns and tech start-ups started from India,” the PM pointed out.

Published on January 09, 2021

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