'Watershed moment': Politicos, cutting across party lines, hail COVID-19 vaccine approval in India

Senior politicians, cutting across party lines, on Sunday hailed the country's scientists and frontline workers after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the Serum Institue of India and Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine approval a 'game-changer': Amit Shah

The Home Minister said that approval to make the vaccines in India will prove to be a 'game-changer' in boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

"A momentous achievement for India! DCGI has granted approval to COVID vaccines of @SerumInstIndia and @BharatBiotech. I salute our very talented and hardworking scientists for making India proud. Congratulations to PM @narendramodi ji for striving towards a COVID free India," Shah tweeted.

"Visionary leadership can make a huge difference. Time and again, we have seen a New India eager to innovate and help the humanity during crisis. The approval to Made in India vaccines will prove to be a game changer in boosting PM @NarendraModi's vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat," he added.

He extended hearty thanks to scientists, doctors, medical staff, security personnel, and all 'Corona warriors' who dedicatedly served during the pandemic.

"The nation will always remain grateful to them for their selfless service towards mankind," he said.

'Watershed moment' in India's battle against COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday welcomed the emergency use approval for Oxford-AstraZeneca's and Bharat Biotech's vaccines against coronavirus and termed it a "watershed moment" in India's battle against COVID-19.

Vardhan said the country's wait for a COVID-19 vaccine is over with these approvals.

Calling these vaccines a fitting tribute to corona warriors, he expressed heartfelt gratitude to healthcare professionals and frontline workers for their efforts during these unprecedented times and congratulated all the scientists and researchers for their work.

'Defining and historic moment': JP Nadda

Meanwhile, BJP chief JP Nadda also echoed the sentiment, saying, "The DCGI's approval for emergency use of two indigenous vaccines to protect against COVID-19 is a defining and historic moment for the country. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country has established a new dimension. Many congratulations to all scientists and doctors." He further lauded the work done under PM Modi's leadership in making India a global health centre.

"India has turned into a global health centre. Modi ji brought together every section of the country to fight COVID. I salute the doctors, police and sanitation workers dedicated to public service day and night," he tweeted.

Salute all the scientists and researchers: Arvind Kejriwal

On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has congratulated the citizens of India and said that the DGCI nod will provide a positive direction to India's fight against COVID-19.

Centre should now ensure free arrangement of vaccine: Mayawati

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has also hailed the COVID-19 vaccine approval and requested the central government to ensure free arrangement of the shot.

Earlier today, COVID-19 vaccines of Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech were granted permission for restricted use in an emergency situation, said the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

"After adequate examination, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has decided to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and accordingly, vaccines of M/s Serum and M/s Bharat Biotech are being approved for restricted use in emergency situation and permission is being granted to M/s Cadila Healthcare for the conduct of the Phase III clinical trial," said VG Somani, DCGI, during a media briefing today.

(With agency inputs)

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