Prime Minister Modi called it a decisive turning point in the fight against Covid-19.
It would make every Indian proud that the two COVID-19 vaccines that have been given the go-ahead by the country's drug controller are "made in India", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said within minutes of the approval being made public.
"It would make every Indian proud that the two vaccines that have been given emergency use approval are made in India! This shows the eagerness of our scientific community to fulfil the dream of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, at the root of which is care and compassion," the Prime Minister tweeted.
A decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight!
DCGI granting approval to vaccines of @SerumInstIndia and @BharatBiotech accelerates the road to a healthier and COVID-free nation.
Congratulations to our hardworking scientists and innovators.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 3, 2021
Two vaccines, Serum Institute's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, received emergency approval from the Drug Controller General of India, VG Somani. The two firms submitted data on their trial runs and have been granted permission for "restricted use", Mr Somani told reporters today in New Delhi.
"We reiterate our gratitude to doctors, medical staff, scientists, police personnel, sanitation workers and all Corona warriors for the outstanding work done, that too in adverse circumstances. We will remain eternally grateful to them for saving many lives," the Prime Minister tweeted.
He called the development a "decisive turning point", "accelerating the road" to a healthier and Covid-free nation.
We reiterate our gratitude to doctors, medical staff, scientists, police personnel, sanitation workers and all Corona warriors for the outstanding work done, that too in adverse circumstances. We will remain eternally grateful to them for saving many lives.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 3, 2021
The Prime Minister was quickly followed by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh in congratulating the nation, as well as the Prime Minister himself, in crossing the milestone.
I join the nation in congratulating Hon'ble PM, Shri @narendramodi ji for delivering the promise on Covid-19 vaccine.
PM Modi ji's phenomenal leadership in the fight against the pandemic make him the world most popular head of govt.
Moment of pride for every Indian.— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) January 2, 2021
India is gearing to rollout the vaccines at a time when a new strain of coronavirus - first detected in the United Kingdom in September has led to a fresh wave of restrictions worldwide. Top medical body ICMR said on Saturday it has successfully cultured the new coronavirus strain. In a tweet, the ICMR claimed that no country has yet reported successful isolation and culture of the UK-variant of SARS-CoV-2.