India is ready to mass produce coronavirus vaccines when scientists give the go-ahead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day speech on Saturday, also launching a national project to roll out health identities for each citizen.
According to Modi, three COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in India, and he identified health and economic self-reliance as the key priorities for his government.
He added, “Along with mass production, the roadmap for distribution of vaccine to every single Indian in the least possible time is also ready.”
Modi also said it was important to raise India’s economy, emphasizing the need to cut imports and increase exports of value-added products.
Soldiers on guard at the event had been under quarantine days before. The 4,000 guests in attendance were made to sit six feet apart, while medical booths and ambulances were set up for any attendee showing COVID-19 symptoms during entry.