Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the “world’s largest” vaccination drive today, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. The government has defended the Indian-made Covaxin jab.

India launched its mammoth vaccination drive on Saturday, as the country tries to bring the pandemic under control with two locally-produced vaccines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally kicked off the “world’s largest” vaccination campaign in a video address to the nation.

“Normally, it takes many years to make a vaccine but in such a short span of time, not one, but two ‘Made in India’ vaccines are ready,” Modi said in a livestreamed speech.


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