Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended India’s fast-moving vaccination drive, deeming it a historical moment as the country crossed 100 crores successfully administered COVID-19 vaccine dose across the citizens of eligible age on Thursday, October 21.
On crossing the 1 billion dose milestone, PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the nation as well as all the frontline workers who worked tirelessly to achieve this breakthrough.
“India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians,” he wrote while felicitating the landmark event. “Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat,” he added.
India scripts history.
We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians.
Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. #VaccineCentury
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 21, 2021
To commemorate the achievement, PM Modi also visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, where he met and interacted with the medical staff and doctors on duty. He also socialised with the citizens who were present at the hospital to receive their vaccine doses.
Addressing an event later on Thursday, PM Modi stated that the country was now equipped with a “protective shield” of over 1 billion vaccine doses to assist in its battle against the biggest pandemic of the last century.
In his speech at the event, he also honoured all the personnel involved in making the country’s vaccination drive a success. He lauded the work of vaccine manufacturers of the country, the staff involved in vaccine transportation and the healthcare professionals engaged in administering the doses to the common people.
The World Health Organisation’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also took this opportunity to congratulate PM Modi, Indian scientists and healthcare workers for crossing the big milestone.
“Congratulations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scientists, health workers and the people of India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from COVID-19 and achieve vaccine equity targets,” WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus tweeted.
Congratulations, Prime Minister @narendramodi, the scientists, #healthworkers and people of #India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from #COVID19 and achieve #VaccinEquity targets.https://t.co/ngVFOszcmE
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 21, 2021