Covid: Postal stamp to mark first anniversary of vax campaign

Delhi: Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday released a commemorative postal stamp on COVID-19 vaccine to mark the first anniversary of India’s National Covid-19 Vaccination program along with Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare and Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Union  Minister of State for Communications.

The commemorative stamp design features a healthcare worker inoculating a senior citizen with COVID-19 vaccine, along with an image of ‘COVAXIN’ vial. This stamp signifies the work done by frontline healthcare workers and scientific community across the country in protecting the people against the COVID pandemic.

Mandaviya said, “This is a historic occasion for us as postal stamp is being released on completion of one year of world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program, which was rolled out in India on 16th January, 2021. Within a span of one year, we have administered more than 156 crore COVID-19. Our vaccination program is in fact a role model for the global community. It is because of Jan Bhagidari that India was able to achieve this feat. I thank all the healthcare professionals, scientific community, vaccine manufacturers and all the people for their relentless hardwork and dedication in fighting the Covid pandemic.”

Highlighting the remarkable efforts of all the stakeholders in collective fight against COVID-19, he added, “The entire world community is surprised with  our efforts in fighting the COVID pandemic. Despite having a high density of population, we have been able to administer more than 156 Crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. India has encountered various challenges along the journey but it is the resolve and dedication of more than 135 crore people that we could overcome every challenge. Credit goes to our indigenous Research and Development and streamlined Production and Distribution of Vaccines. Amidst the environment of criticism and disbelief, the country gathered its spirits and worked against those who wanted to spread doubts and misinformation against indigenous vaccines and create vaccine hesitancy.”