Modi says India is set to mass-produce COVID-19 vaccine launches digital health mission

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is ready to mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines as scientists advance it, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on Independence Day on Saturday, and also launched a nationwide health identity project for every citizen the role.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets officers as he arrives to attend Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2020. REUTERS / Adnan Abidi

At annual celebrations held at the 17th-century Red Fort and downsized due to the pandemic, Modi identified health and economic self-confidence as the top priorities for his government.

“Not one, not two, as many as three vaccines for coronavirus are being tested in India,” he said of the fence of the red sandstone palace in the old quarters of Delhi, wearing a flowing orange and white turban and covering his mouth and nose. with a scarf of the same colors as someone came to him at the ceremony.

“Along with mass production, the roadmap for spreading vaccine to every Indian in the least possible time is also ready,” Modi said.

At the event, soldiers who ceremoniously welcomed Modi had been days before career days before the event. Only about 4,000 guests were allowed and made to sit six feet apart, while medical toilets with ambulances were set up for each attendee showing COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance.

Launching a 1.3 billion national Digital Health Mission for the country, Modi said in his seventh Independence Day that records of every health test, disease, medication and other details will be kept under a health ID.

“Whether it’s making a doctor’s appointment, depositing money or running around for documents in the hospital, the mission will help overcome such challenges,” he said.

Without naming China, with whom ties have been a low after the worst border clash in decades that killed 20 Indian soldiers in June, Modi said the country’s sovereignty was supreme.

“Anyone who claims the sovereignty of the country, the army of the country, has responded in the same language,” he said.

Modi also said it was important to increase India’s economic power to increase its international influence, with the emphasis on the need to cut imports and increase the export of value-added products.

The Prime Minister reiterated plans to improve India’s infrastructure by spending more than 110 trillion ($ 1.47 trillion) rupees on some 7000 projects, and said it would help drive economic growth by creating jobs and to encourage small businesses.

Report by Abhirup Roy, Aftab Ahmed and Krishna N. Das; Edited by William Mallard & Shri Navaratnam

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