India in better position, says Sitharaman amid Covid surge in China | Latest News India

New Delhi/Chennai: Much before India got World Health Organization approval for Covid vaccines, many countries are reviving the pandemic, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday.

Speaking at the 35th annual convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University in Chennai, he said the Union government, along with the states, had implemented the vaccine at a brisk pace, saving millions of lives.

“By the time we were attacked by the Omicron variant of Covid, we were ready to face it… India could face the challenge only because of the preparation of a democratically elected government,” he said. “Today again when we see an increase in China or Japan, Korea, India is in a better situation and we heard yesterday that there is also a nasal vaccine now approved.”

The minister applauded the widespread vaccination drive against Covid-19 and said that the progress made by the vaccine itself was a story worth repeating at every convocation of a medical college, “as it is an achievement of the medical fraternity”.

Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman said that medical education in Tamil Nadu should be taught in Tamil language as there was a definite need to strengthen it.

“I am speaking here in front of the Tamil Nadu Health Minister (M Subramanian). There is definitely a need to strengthen medical education,” he said. “We need to have a well-grounded medical education and I think a lot can be achieved if medical education is taught in Tamil (the language).”

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