Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes the first beneficiary of the second phase of vaccination as he took the first shot of vaccine at AIIMS this morning. India is going on the second phase of nationwide vaccination against the Covid-19.
He took the dose of Covaxin which is indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in partnership with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Posting an image of getting the first shot of the vaccine the Prime Minister tweeted, “Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19”.
He also encouraged all the eligible to get the vaccine shots as the drive has started vaccinating people above 60 and those above 45 who have underlying illnesses.
“Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,” he added.
A statement from PMO said that he was taken to AIIMS without any special route or blocking any route in order to avoid any inconvenience to the public.
Apart from Covaxin there is another vaccine which is being shot in the nationwide vaccination drive is Covidshield, which is being developed by Serum Institute of India in partnership with a British-Swedish pharma AstraZeneca and the Oxford University.
With these two vaccines more vaccines are likely to get authorized for their use in a couple of months such as, Cadila Healthcare’s ZyCov-D and Russia’s Sputnik-V.
India started its vaccination drive on January 16, which aimed at vaccinating 3 crore frontline workers but due to beneficiaries’ doubts, the target just reached to 1.43 crore so far.
The government has planned to vaccinate 30 crore people by August in the second phase of vaccination.