Hyderabad: Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, on 16 January, said the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination is the proudest moment for the country. The Governor, along with her husband and renowned nephrologist Dr. P. Soundararajan, visited the NIMS Hospital here and launched the vaccination programme for the frontline warriors in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan said the launch of world's largest vaccination programme has signalled the end of the pandemic and the beginning of protection in the country. The last year was like the year of pandemic, now this New Year is like the year of protection, she added.

"The vaccination to frontline warriors is not just mere vaccination, it is indeed a thanks-giving injection to them for their selfless services since the outbreak of the pandemic," she said, and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the motivation and support to the scientists to develop the vaccine. "Our Prime Minister has personally visited the Bharat Biotech Laboratory at the Genome Valley in Hyderabad and motivated the scientists to come up with an effective vaccine to end COVID-19," the Governor added.

She said it was due to the relentless efforts of the scientists that India could develop its own vaccine for COVID-19. "We must be proud that we are not dependent upon any other country for the vaccine. Our own vaccine development is in the true spirit of self-reliant India as per the vision of our Prime Minister's Atma Nirbhar Bharat. We must salute our scientists for the vaccine. This is the greatest achievement by our scientific community and shows their capability," Dr. Soundararajan said.

Noting that India, especially Hyderabad, is emerging as the pharmaceutical capital of the world, the Telangana Governor said India has, in fact, been supplying medicines to more than 150 countries. "Many countries are looking at India for the supply of our vaccine to protect their people. Soon our country will start supplying COVID-19 vaccine to different countries as we have started vaccinating our frontline warriors," she said.

Terming this day as "the day to remember" in our fight against the pandemic, Dr. Soundararajan said it was a day to express our gratitude to the frontline warriors. Dispelling the myths about the vaccines, the Governor said that the vaccines made in India are very safe. "There should not be any hesitancy to take the vaccine. We need not be afraid. It is safe and even if there are any allergic or other minor complications due to the vaccine, there are special arrangements in place to deal with such complications, if any," she said.

When asked when she was taking the vaccine, the Governor said as per the vision of the Prime Minister, the frontline warriors were being given priority. "This is the day to express our gratitude to the frontline warriors like doctors, medical personnel, nurses, sanitation workers, police, journalists, and others who have been tirelessly working for the past 10 months. As the first citizen of the state, I would take the vaccine along with all other citizens," she added.

Earlier, she personally visited the vaccination room at the NIMS and observed the vaccination process for the first three frontline warriors.


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