Desi Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, which has been plagued by vaccine hesitancy after it got the EUA (emergency use authorisation) nod in the midst of Phase III efficacy trials, and Atmanirbhar Bharat got a major booster shot after PM Narendra Modi took the first jab of the indigenous vaccine on Monday morning.
Bharat Biotech has developed the vaccine from scratch in India, along with the Indian Council Medical Research-National Institute of Virology, Pune.
“This has set a powerful example for all Indians to follow, which will go a long way in reducing vaccine hesitancy and building confidence in immunisation against the ongoing pandemic. We express our sincere gratitude to the PM for reposing his trust in the indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin. We urge all fellow citizens to not hesitate from taking part in the Covid-19 immunization program so that the country can bring an end to this public health crisis,” Bharat Biotech chairman and managing director Dr Krishna Ella said.
Earlier in the day, Bharat Biotech also tweeted its appreciation for the PM. “Inspired and humbled by Hon’ble PM’s remarkable commitment to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Yes, we all shall fight #COVID-19 together and emerge victorious,” the firm tweeted.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik also took his first dose of Covaxin on Monday. Tweeting about this, Bharat Biotech joint managing Suchitra Ella said: “Namaskar Hon CM of Orissa Sri Naveen Patnaik ji, leading by example of getting vaccinated today.”