The Coronavirus took the world into a lockdown. Every nation whether developed or undeveloped became a victim of this pandemic. Even top leaders of different nations weren’t able to control this kind of situation. In between such a critical situation, there was our leader, Shri Narendra Modi Ji who was working day and night. He was holding meetings with various pharmaceutical companies, he was regularly talking to the CMs and ministers of different states. Just think, a country with a population of 130 crores was badly hit by the pandemic and just imagine how difficult it would have been to handle the situation.
Although different political parties and international media kept on criticising the central government and our prime minister, our PM kept on working to control the virus. The whole country kept a big expectation from him, that is the VACCINATION against Coronavirus. It was a major challenge, but it is said that when your country is lead by a selfless and hardworking leader, nothing is impossible.
It was 1st of January, 2021, with the beginning of a new year came a new ray of hope. On the 1st of January, 2021, the DGCI approved the emergency use of the first made in India vaccine named Covishield. On the very next day, it gave an interim emergency use authorisation to another made in India vaccine named Covaxin. Finally the day had came, on 16th of January,2021 when India began its Vaccination. Vaccines were administered to all the healthcare and frontline workers. The opposition kept on criticising, many educated leaders were involved in misleading the people by spreading false rumours that the vaccine may be harmful or the vaccine may cause Corona after its administered. These kind of statements from some top notch leaders were highly demotivating. But keeping all such criticisms aside our Central government worked hard to ensure that everyone gets a vaccine jab.
Then came the second phase of vaccination where the target people were, the citizens above 60 years of age and above 45 years of age with any co-morbidity. For getting vaccinated, there was a very beautiful and user friendly app designed by our government, where people need to get themselves registered and then choose a vaccination centre to get a jab.
Then came the real challenge, it was the month of April and the government had announced that it would be vaccinating all the people who were above 18 years of age from the first week of May. This lead to widespread criticism by the opposition and some popular international media houses. A very senior leader of an opposition party told that if we go in such a pace, then it would take 2024 for all the Indians to get vaccinated. The international media wrote articles on a daily basis, which just criticised India’s vaccine policy. Many educated persons predicted that it would take at least 2-3 years for getting majority of people jabbed with at least a single dose of vaccine.
But on 21st of October, 2021, our honourable Prime Minister gave a solid reply to each one of them who criticised the vaccination policy. He might not have spoken anything, but his work spoke. He is a leader who believes in hardwork. Yes, 21st of October was the day when India administered the 100th crore dose. Every criticizer went on a silent mode on that day. It was the day where the world witnessed how a developing nation like India could vaccinate majority of its citizens in such a short span of time.
This is why India needs a leader like Narendra Modi. He had proved the fact that when the whole world goes against you, just keep working hard and let your success make the noise. This is what we experienced on 21st of October, 2021.
Before I wrap up, I would like to thank every minister of the Central government, all the healthcare workers, all the frontline workers, all the scientists, and all the persons involved in protecting India from the Coronavirus.
Written by RAUNAK DAS