A day before a massive countrywide vaccination drive against coronavirus is set to commence, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said the step is “probably the beginning of the end” of COVID-19.
Speaking at the 146th India Meteorological Department (IMD) foundation day, he also cautioned that even if the vaccination drive is on, there should not be lowering of guard and people must follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
“Tomorrow is an important day… it is the last phase of the battle against coronavirus. I say, this is probably the beginning of the end of COVID now which is going to start tomorrow,” Mr Vardhan, who is also the Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister, said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 via video conferencing.
This will be the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country and all preparations are in place to initiate the programme.