Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for a sense of urgency in dealing with the rising number of Covid cases. “We must consider it our ‘dharma’ and ‘kartavya’ to follow the Covid protocol at all times – wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing and getting vaccinated, and secure ourselves and our community”, he emphasized.

Noting the importance of the measure to vaccinate 15-18-year-olds, Naidu urged parents of the beneficiaries in the newly eligible age groups to get their wards vaccinated at the earliest. He called upon public-minded individuals, social advocacy groups, medical professionals and the government to reach out to as many people as possible and get rid of any vaccine hesitancy that may be stopping India in its collective fight against the pandemic.

In a recorded inaugural message for the 15th global health summit organised by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the Vice-President praised Indian origin medical professionals for “making their mark in every corner of the world” and being the “personification of our nation’s civilisational value of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.

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