Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya has hailed India’s response to the COVID pandemic and said that the country was able to save over 3.4 million lives by undertaking the nationwide vaccination campaign at an unprecedented scale.
As per ANI report, The Health Minister lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership during the pandemic and said that he initiated a “preemptive response” much before COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020, by the WHO.
The remarks of the Minister came while delivering a keynote address virtually at Stanford ‘The India Dialog’ session on the Economic Impact of Vaccination & Related Matters on Friday.
“India was able to save more than 3.4 million lives by undertaking the nationwide vaccination campaign at an unprecedented scale. Under the PMGKAY, the government focused on ensuring that no one slept hungry and free food grains were distributed to 800 million people,” he said.
“The report “Healing the economy: Estimating the Economic Impact of India’s Vaccination and related measure” is Pertinent in culminating the massive efforts taken by India during Covid and how those efforts have led to an economic impact across the domains,” Mandaviya added.
He said that during the pandemic, India adopted a “Whole of Government” and “Whole of Society” approach, in a proactive, preemptive and graded manner thus adopting a holistic response strategy, for effective management of Covid-19.