India delivers 1 billion vaccine shots


About six months ago, India was facing a catastrophic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the second wave was quite literally breaking down the country’s morale in every sense. Without a vaccine at hand, it seemed almost impossible to bring back any kind of normalcy to the country.

Fast forward to today, India is now one of the very few countries to reach a proud milestone of administering 1 billion vaccine shots. For a country like India, this is no ordinary feat.

Taking to his official handle on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that this is history in the making and expressed his gratitude to all the medical health professionals and citizens who made this achievement possible.

Home minister Amit Shah said that the incredible feat was achieved under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, which has “re-acquainted the world with the immense potential of New India”.

The Modi government was heavily criticized, across the world for not taking adequate safety measures and protocols, and opening up the country too soon. Many of the government’s decision, or rather indecision, led to massive amounts of deaths that could have been saved. This put the Modi admin under the limelight of the world to straighten up its act.

When the whole country stood against the government and questioned them unbothered by their “crocodile tears”, it was surely a wakeup call.

On Thursday, October 21, “India scripts history,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted from his official Twitter handle

“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,” PM Modi added.

As a follow up of his tweet, home minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Historic and proud moment! Today India has achieved the target of administering more than 100 crore vaccines. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary leadership and constant encouragement have created a record re-acquainting the whole world with the immense potential of New India.”

In another tweet, thanking the health workers who made the achievement possible, Shah wrote, “I thank all the scientists, researchers and health workers who have contributed in this ‘maha yagya’ by overcoming many challenges, and I congratulate the Prime Minister, who is determined to ensure the safety and health of every citizen.”

India crossed the major milestone on Thursday when the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 100 crore (1 billion) mark. The milestone was achieved half an hour after 10am.

The number is twice the number of vaccines administered in the United States, five times that of Japan, nine times that of Germany, and 10 times the number of vaccine doses administered in France, the government said in a presentation hailing the ‘vaccine century’.

While the Modi government has many unanswered questions, they have surely turned around the grave situation that India was facing. Today, new cases are barely in the thousands, with life getting back to normal in several states.