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Modi praises India's ‘self-reliance' in Covid-19 vaccine production as the country administers millionth jab

Added 01-22-21 06:37:03am EST - “The Indian prime minister has talked up his country's capacity to overcome the coronavirus pandemic using indigenous vaccines and those manufactured in the world's second most populous nation.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Modi praises India’s ‘self-reliance’ in Covid-19 vaccine production as the country administers millionth jab”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Speaking on Friday to Covid-19 vaccine beneficiaries and vaccinators in Varanasi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the country’s resolve against Covid-19 and its capacity to develop indigenous vaccines to change the course of the pandemic. 

“The biggest vaccination programme in the world is going on in our country. Today, the nation has the will power to manufacture its own vaccine – not one but two Made in India vaccines. Vaccines are reaching every corner of the country. India is absolutely self-reliant in this regard,” Modi said.

The prime minister added that India is also providing Covid-19 vaccines to several countries as well, including Brazil, Morocco, and the Seychelles. 

India is the world’s largest vaccine producer, manufacturing around 60 percent of the world’s vaccine supply. The nation is taking the lead in production of Covid-19 vaccines too, manufacturing both AstraZeneca’s jab and a homegrown vaccine, Covaxin, made by pharma company Bharat Biotech, both of which have been approved for use in India. 

Only Covishield, the local name for AstraZeneca’s jab, has been exported from India so far, some as gifts. 

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