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PM Modi takes first dose of COVID vaccine at Delhi’s AIIMS

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New Delhi, Mar 01, 2021:     Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 1 March, took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS in Delhi.


"Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!" he tweeted.

According to news agency ANI, Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin to PM Modi.

Over 1.4 Shots Given So Far, 2nd Phase From Today

This comes when the second phase of vaccinations against the novel coronavirus begins in India from Monday, with people above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities eligible to get the jabs.

In the first phase of vaccination, only healthcare and frontline workers were eligible to be vaccinated. Over 1.4 crore vaccine shots have been given in India since the vaccination drive was kicked off on 16 January.

Two vaccine candidates – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute’s Covishield – were given approval by India’s top drug regulator earlier in January.

India has recorded over 1.10 crore cases of coronavirus till now, with the death toll standing at over 1.57 lakh.

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