Union Budget 2021: FM Sitharaman provides ₹35,000 crores for Covid-19 vaccines in Budget 2021-22
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said more funds would be provided if required
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced ₹35,000 crores for Covid-19 vaccines in Union Budget 2021-22.
"Government to provide ₹35,000 crores for Covid-19 vaccination in 2021-22; I am committed to providing more funds if required," she said.
"India now has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates of 112 per million population and one of the lowest active cases of about 130 per million. This has laid the foundation for the economic revival we see today,” Sitharaman said in Parliament.
She added, "Today India has two vaccines available and has begun safeguarding not only her own citizens against Covid-19 but also those of 100 or more countries. It is added comfort to know that 2 more vaccines are also expected soon."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat has said that India is conducting the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination program.
He said, “We are vaccinating our citizens faster than anywhere in the world. In just 15 days, India has vaccinated over 30 lakh corona warriors, whereas an advanced country such as America took 18 days to get the same done; Britain took 36 days.”
“India is capable, self-reliant in the field of medicines, vaccines. The same thought underpins the Atmanirbhar Bharat Campaign. The more India is capable, the more will it serve humanity; correspondingly the world will benefit more,” PM Modi added.