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Indian PM Modi Kicks Off ‘Vaccine Festival’ Amid Widespread Criticism Over Shortage of COVID-19 Jabs

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The four-day COVID-19 vaccine “festival” kicked off by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes amid a crippling domestic shortage of jabs, with at least 10 Indian states saying that their supplies will run out within days. The federal authorities, however, say that the South Asian country is facing no shortage of vaccines.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday kicked off a four-day “Tika Utsav” (vaccine festival) in a bid to encourage vaccination against COVID among the population, calling for community-led initiatives to curb the second wave of coronavirus.

In his appeal to the Indian population, Prime Minister Modi laid out a four-point plan that he said would encourage “social and personal hygiene” in the South Asian nation, which has been facing a virulent second COVID wave.

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By Dhairya Maheshwari
Sputnik International

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