Vaccine absolutely important to save lives, defeat COVID: PM

New Delhi, May 26 (FN Bureau) Stating that the planet will not be the same after COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said vaccine is absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic. Delivering a keynote address on the occasion of ‘Vesak Global Celebrations’ on Buddha Purnima through video conference, Mr Modi said, ‘The economic impact left by the pandemic is huge and our planet will not be the same after COVID-19.’

‘There have been many note-worthy improvements as well over the last year, like having a better understanding of the pandemic, which strengthens our strategy to fight it and having the vaccine, which is absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic,’ the Prime Minister said. He lauded the efforts of the scientists for developing the COVID-19 vaccines within a year and said this shows the power of human determination and tenacity.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister said, ‘Vesak is a day to celebrate the life of Lord Buddha and to reflect on the noble ideals and sacrifices he made for the betterment of our planet.’ Mr Modi added that he dedicated last year’s Vesak day programme to all the front-line workers leading humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘A year later, COVID-19 pandemic has still not left us and several nations, including India, have experienced a second wave,’ the Prime Minister said. He remarked that this once in a life-time pandemic has brought tragedy and suffering at the door-step of many and has impacted every nation.

The Prime Minister thanked the first responders, front-line health care workers, doctors, nurses and volunteers for selflessly risking their lives to serve others in need everyday. He expressed condolences to those who have suffered and lost their near and dear ones.