Coronavirus: Don’t fall for vaccine rumours, Modi says in ‘Mann ki Baat’

Elias Hubbard
April 26, 2021

The information about the address was posted on the Narendra Modi website as well as information on where people can listen to the radio show live. India logged a record 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day taking it total tally of Covid-19 cases to 1,69,60,172, while active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am today.

Concluding that a positive approach is needed to tackle the virus, and that fighting COVID-19 should be our only priority now, he asked all eligible citizens to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest and take all precautions. Over 2,700 deaths were reported in the same period.

The Prime Minister conceded that the second wave is "testing our patience". Many of our loved ones left us untimely.

In "Mann Ki Baat" held in March, PM Modi also talked about the "Amrit Mahotsav" and said that it will elevate the country to newer heights and instill a passion to do something for the country. "I'm speaking to you at a time when Covid-19 is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain".

People were arranging stretchers and oxygen cylinders outside hospitals as they desperately pleaded for authorities to take patients in, Reuters photographers said. "Our health workers and doctors are now fighting a major battle against Covid-19". He also lauded other frontline workers, including doctors, ambulance drivers and lab technicians, for their service.

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, this month urged President Joe Biden to lift the block on exports of raw materials that is hampering its ability to ramp up vaccine production. "I urge people to not fall prey to any rumour about the vaccine". All people above 45 yrs of age can benefit from this.

The United States said it was deeply concerned by the massive surge in coronavirus cases in India and was racing to send aid to India. From May 1, vaccines will be available for everyone above 18 years.> The corporate sector can also participate in the vaccine drive by getting their employees vaccinated. Government of India's free vaccination program will continue in future too.

The United States said it will immediately provide raw materials for one of the COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment and protective gear to help India respond.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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