PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat address: Top quotes

Mann Ki Baat Highlights Do not fall prey to rumour about Covid-19 vaccines says PM ModiPremiumFile

"Mann ki Baat" is the Prime Minister's monthly radio address to the nation, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month. His address to the nation comes at a time when India has been reporting over 3 lakh COVID-19 cases daily with the death toll also rising steeply. "After successfully confronting the first wave of corona, the country was full of enthusiasm, full of self-confidence, but this storm has shaken the country", he said.

"This second wave of virus cases may delay the recovery, but it is unlikely in Fitch's view to derail it", the ratings company said in an April 22 statement. "People from our pharma industry, vaccine manufacturers, those connected with oxygen production, experts from the medical field have put forth their valuable suggestions to the government", he said.

In "Mann Ki Baat" held in March, PM Modi also talked about the "Amrit Mahotsav" and said that it will elevate the country to newer heights and instill a passion to do something for the country. Here are the key quotes from his address:* Covid is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain. "Many of our loved ones left us untimely", he said. "It has a limited role and should be taken strictly as per the doctor's advice", he said, advising instead to do "pranayam" (breathing) exercises.

-India's fight against COVID-19 would be incomplete without the effort of the ambulance drivers, lab technicians and other such individuals.

The Prime Minister also interacted with many healthcare workers including Dr Shashank Joshi, a Mumbai-based doctor on the prevailing pandemic situation.

-I appeal to you all to seek information on COVID-19 through reliable sources only: PM Modi. He urged Indians not to fall prey to rumours about vaccines.

The United States said it was deeply concerned by the massive surge in coronavirus cases in India and was racing to send aid to India.

Talking about the importance of vaccines, PM Modi urged people not to believe rumours related to the vaccine. All people above 45 yrs of age can benefit from this. India is set to begin the third phase of immunisation, covering all above 18 years, from May 1.

He asked the corporate sector to pitch in with vaccination. Government of India's free vaccination program will continue in future too.

Modi also said the Centre was trying to help states in fighting the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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