Updated: May 27, 2021 2:12:58 am
Describing Covid-19 as the “worst crisis” in decades that has brought “tragedy and suffering” to the doorsteps of many, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the Covid vaccine is absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic.
Delivering a keynote address on the occasion of ‘Vesak Global Celebrations’ on Buddha Purnima through a video conference, the Prime Minister said that the economic impact of Covid-19 is “huge as well”. He observed that there have been many noteworthy changes over the last year.
“We now have a better understanding of the pandemic which strengthens our strategy to fight it. Most importantly, we have the vaccine, which is absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic,” Modi said. “The emergence of a vaccine in a year of the pandemic striking shows the power of human determination and tenacity. India is proud of our scientists, who have worked on the Covid-19 vaccines,” he said.
The Prime Minister said “several nations, including India, have experienced a second wave”. “The economic impact is huge as well. Our planet will not be the same after Covid-19.”
Modi said that in the “times to come, we will certainly remember events as either pre-Covid or post-Covid”.
The Prime Minister hailed the contributions of frontline workers in the fight against the Covid-19. “To those who have suffered and lost their near and dear ones, I would like to extend condolences. I grieve with them.”
Modi said the pandemic is “certainly a major challenge we face”. “While we do everything possible to fight it, we must not lose sight of the other challenges humanity faces,” he said.
“One of the biggest challenges is that of climate change. Reckless lifestyles of the present threaten the coming generations,” Modi said, adding that India is among the few large economies to be on track to completing their Paris targets.
The Prime Minister also stressed on the need of defeating terror and radicalisation. “Today, there are still forces remaining whose existence depends on spreading hate, terror and mindless violence. Such forces do not believe in liberal democratic principles. The need of the hour is for all those who believe in humanity to come together and defeat terror and radicalisation,” the Prime Minister said.
Prime Ministers of Nepal and Sri Lanka, Union Ministers Prahlad Singh and Kiren Rijiju, and the Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation attended the virtual event.
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