I’ll wait for my turn: Harsh Vardhan’s comeback on why he is not taking vaccine
India’s tally of the coronavirus disease stands at over 10.5 million and its death toll has risen to 152,093. There are 211,03 active cases of Covid-19 in the country with the recovery rate of 96 per cent.
And now as the vaccine is already here and ready to be circulated, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan congratulated health ministers of all the states and Union territories after the massive vaccination drive, which was launched across the country by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day.
Appreciating the efforts of scientists and doctors, the health minister said that the country has been successful to an extent in the fight against Covid-19. “Today is perhaps the day of tremendous relief for all of us in the past year… We received success to an extent in our fight against Covid- 19 in one year. Data in the last three to four months, our recovery and fatality rate indicate that we were gradually heading towards victory against Covid,” Vardhan said in a video conference with the health ministers.
He hit out at leaders of opposition parties for politicising emergency use approval for two Covid-19 vaccines in the country.
To further speed this up, our scientists developed two indigenous vaccines with the support of our scientists, doctors, researchers, vaccine manufacturing industry and citizens of India who volunteered for clinical trials to make research of scientists successful,” he added.
Calling out to a number of opposition leaders including senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Vardhan said that it is disgraceful for anyone to politicise such a critical issue.