Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that India was better prepared mentally and physically to beat the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to 2020. The minister, himself a qualified medical doctor, said that India had more experience in fighting COVID-19 in 2021 than the last year.
He said, “We have more experience in 2021 compared to 2020 to fight the virus. We are mentally and physically better prepared this time. That’s because we had to start from zero when the virus first surfaced…There were shortages of PPE kits, N95 masks, ventilators and medicines. Today we have become self-reliant in every field.”
Harsh Vardhan also boasted about vaccinating Indians as well as helping other countries. “As for vaccines, we are helping 90 countries in the world and have vaccinated crores of Indians above the age of 45,” he said.
The health minister’s statement comes at a time when tens of thousands of people have had to lose their lives for the want of healthcare access and hospital beds. The Indian government has been facing widespread criticism for not adequately vaccinating its own population before exporting millions of doses abroad.
कोरोना के खिलाफ़ 2020 के मुक़ाबले आज हम ज़्यादा मज़बूत स्थिति में हैं। 2020 में हमने अपनी लड़ाई शून्य से शुरू की थी, क्योंकि उस समय इस वायरस के बारे में किसी को कुछ पता नहीं था।
आज हमारे पास पहले के मुक़ाबले अधिक अनुभव है और हम मानसिक रूप से भी इसके मुक़ाबले के लिए तैयार हैं। pic.twitter.com/LA1KJyC9ZW
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 27, 2021
Experts believe that the current level pandemic may not have been this frightening had the government used the last year to vaccinate the population in time.