NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday avoided giving a timeline about the vaccine, saying the government is keeping a close watch as some vaccine candidates have reached the final stage of the trial and asserted that the safety of citizens will be as much a priority for the government as the speed of the vaccination programme. He said that whichever vaccine India will give to its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards.
Noting that alertness has given way to “widespread” negligence about COVID-19 among people, Modi said a few states have seen a surge in the infection in the same way as many countries witnessed after an earlier decline and asked chief ministers to focus on bringing down positivity and fatality rates by curbing the virus transmission.
India has come out of the “deep sea” of this crisis after the world had thought that it will find it difficult to deal with the pandemic and the country is now moving towards the shores, he said, while using a famous verse to call for avoiding a situation where “our ship capsizes where the water is shallow” (hamari kashti wahan doobi, jahaan paani kam tha).
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