Highlighting the progress made by India in its fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared the country now has “a better understanding of the pandemic, which strengthens our strategy to fight".
Modi was speaking at a virtual Vesak celebration on Buddha Purnima, Modi noted "We have the vaccine, which is important to save lives and defeat the pandemic. India is proud of our scientists who have worked on the COVID-19 vaccines."
Explaining the impact that COVID-19 has had, Modi said "COVID-19 is the worst crisis humanity faces in decades, we have not seen pandemic like this for a century. Our planet will not be same after COVID-19, we will remember events in future as either pre or post COVID."
Modi was quoted by ANI as saying "In the last year, we have seen several individuals and organisations rise to the occasion and do everything possible to reduce suffering. The generous contribution of equipment and materials made by the Buddhist organisations, followers of Buddh dharma from the world over..."
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Modi also spoke of the impact of climate change, noting, "Weather patterns are changing, glaciers are melting, rivers and forests are in danger. We cannot let our planet remain wounded. Lord Buddha put emphasis on way of living & respect for mother nature. India is among the few large economies to be on track of completing Paris targets."