Baba Ramdev decides to take COVID-19 vaccine amid his row with allopathy
Ramdev said his fight is not against doctors, but against the drug mafia. He said has nothing against Covid-19 medicine and will get inoculated soon, distancing himself from his earlier statement where he questioned the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines.
Yoga guru Ramdev has said that he will take the vaccine against Covid-19 soon in what comes as his attempt to bury the hatchet with the Indian Medical Association. The yoga guru, who has been at odds with the doctors’ body, also advocated for vaccines and said everyone should get vaccinated, apart from practising Yoga and Ayurveda.
Ramdev also praised PM Modi’s announcement of a free, centralized Covid-19 vaccination drive which will begin on June 21, which is also the International Yoga Day.
This marks a complete shift from his earlier statement on vaccines where he questioned the efficacy of these vaccines in protecting one from Covid-19 infections as thousands of doctors, he said, contracted the infection after being vaccinated and died. On the contrary, he has the dual cover of Yoga and Ayurveda and has not yet taken the jibe, he had said earlier.
So is the fight between Ramdev and the Indian Medical Association a thing of the past now? The yoga guru has recently said his fight is not against doctors as they are a “gift to the planet”. His fight is against the drug mafia, which he clarified again on social media as he posted a document comparing the price of generic medicines and the branded medicines and said, “Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadh stores had to be opened because drug mafias have opened fancy shops where they are selling unnecessary medicines at very high prices instead of basic and necessary ones”.