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PM Modi Hails COVID-19 Warriors In I-Day Speech, Promises 'Made In India' COVID Vaccine Soon

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Bobins Abraham
Bobins AbrahamUpdated on Aug 15, 2020, 11:15 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the selfless work of the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his speech from the Red Fort on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, the Prime Minister said "We're going through distinct times. I can't see young children in front of me today. Corona has stopped everyone. In these times of COVID, Corona warriors have lived the mantra of 'Seva Parmo Dharma' and served the people of India. I express my gratitude to them."

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"In the times of coronavirus, without caring for their lives, our doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, ambulance staff, sanitation workers, police, volunteers and various other people are working 24 hours. I salute them," he said further.

Three COVID-19 vaccines at different stages of trials

Modi also said that three coronavirus vaccines are at different stages of trials in India and large-scale production will begin once we get the nod from scientists.

“All of us are waiting for a vaccine for COVID-19. I want to tell you that three vaccine candidates are at different stages of testing in the country. As soon as our experts and scientists give the green signal, a Made in India COVID-19 vaccine will be available soon,” he said.

"Our roadmap to bring corona vaccine to all Indians in shortest possible time is ready," the PM added.

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In his speech, the Prime Minister stressed on the importance of being self-reliant and hailed the citizens of the country who took the resolve to be 'Aatmanirbhar'.

"We must be 'vocal for local'. This dream is turning into a pledge. Aatmanirbhar Bharat has become a 'mantra' for the 130 crore Indians today.

"Today, some of the world's biggest companies are heading towards India. Along with 'Make in India, we have to adopt the 'mantra' of 'Make for World' as well," Modi said.

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The PM also lauded India's turn around as a PPE kits importer to becoming self-reliant on them and even exporting it to the world.?

"A few months ago, we were importing N-95 masks, PPE kit and ventilators. India is not only making these products to fulfil its needs but is also helping other nations," he said.

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