AMU Hails One Billion Covid-19 Vaccines As A Celebration Of Science And Governance
Aligarh, October 27 (TNA) The Aligarh Muslim University on Tuesday celebrated the administering one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine. A webinar, Billion Doses: A celebration of Science & Governance attended by senior doctors and other stakeholders and alumni across the globe was organized at the seminar room of the Department of Surgery by J N Medical College of the University.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor, while presiding over the webinar extended congratulations to all the health workers and their tireless effort due to which the country was able to achieve the target of one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
“Everyone associated with the campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Ministers of all the states, Health Ministers of central and state governments and the vaccine manufacturers are the main pillar behind the success of this mega vaccination drive. One billion is no small population, it is more than the population of several countries, together we have been able to achieve it,” Prof Mansoor said in his address.
Prof. Mansoor appreciated the efforts of vaccine manufacturers, Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech for their herculean efforts in providing vaccines to such a large population and even exporting the vaccines to other countries. “Due to them, we are now vaccine capital. We have got cheap vaccine which is safe and effective, AMU is playing its role sincerely and we should be on the map of covid research,” he added.
He also urged the AMU fraternity, alumni, teachers, staff members and students to get vaccinated. “Everyone should take vaccination dose and the alumni should motivate through their network for vaccination,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Krishna M Ella, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Limited, in his address congratulated the University for celebrating the occasion. “It is a big occasion and I appreciate that AMU is the only University celebrating the moment. I also personally extend my gratitude towards University authorities and Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor. AMU is the first institution to enroll 1000 volunteers for clinical trial of the vaccine. This is a really big thing,” Dr Ella said.
He also urged for more clinical research and lauded the efforts of AMU for being a centre of clinical research. “AMU has a chance of being a global leader in transparent clinical research which will be beneficial for society,” he said.
State Immunisation Officer & Joint Director, Family Welfare, Government of UP, Dr Ajai Ghai, Senior National Programme Manager-Health, UNDP Pankaj Somani, Prof M M Sufyan Beg, Chairman Alumni Affairs Committee of the University, Principal, J N Medical College, Prof. Shahid Ali Siddiqui, Prof Mohammad Shameem, Principal Investigator, Vaccine Trial and University Health Officer, Dr Ali Jafar Abedi also addressed the webinar.