‘Historic milestone’: PM Modi, world leaders congratulate India for administering one billion COVID-19 doses

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Oct 21, 2021, 11:01 AM(IST)

A beneficiary receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive at a hospital in New Delhi Photograph:( ANI )

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the 'collective spirit of 1.3 billion people' and expressed gratitude to the medical practitioners for their effort.

As India scripted history on Thursday for administering a billion COVID-19 doses, prominent leaders and key personalities in India and the world congratulated the country for reaching the significant milestone.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to congratulate the “collective spirit of 1.3 billion people" and express gratitude to the medical practitioners for their effort.

"India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. #VaccineCentury," he tweeted.

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WHO’s regional director of South Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh also congratulated the Indian people for the historic feat.

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Among the first foreign dignitaries to laud India was Bhutan’s foreign minister Tandi Dorji, along with country's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Neftali Bennett also extended his wishes to the Indian people.

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India’s health minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the COVID-19 War Room in national capital Delhi and interacted with staff to mark the historic achievement.

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India’s home minister Amit Shah also joined his peers and tweeted in Hindi saying, "I thank all the scientists, researchers and health workers who have contributed in this Mahayagya (feat) by overcoming many challenges and congratulate Modi ji who is determined for the safety and health of every person. Jai Hind!"

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