Former president of Medical Council of India Ketan Desai receives COVID-19 vaccine

PM Narendra Modi today reassured the country that emergency use authorisation was given only after scientists were convinced of their safety and effectiveness, and urged people to beware of propaganda and rumours. Addressing the nation ahead of the launch of what he described as the world's largest vaccination programme, Modi said these vaccines will ensure a "decisive victory" for the country over the coronavirus pandemic, but asked countrymen to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing even after receiving the jabs.