Prime Minister Narendra Modi said citizens of India should not let their guard down and continue all the coronavirus preventive norms even after vaccination by coining a new phrase: ‘Dawai bhi, kadai bhi’.

The Indian Prime Minister on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rajkot, Gujarat where he spoke to the Indian citizens through video conferencing. 

As the country prepares for its first mass coronavirus vaccination drive, Modi in his virtual conference said that 2021 is coming with a “new hope”.  Modi said how in 2020, he used to say ‘jab tak dawai nahi, dhilai nahi’(guards up before vaccines are out”, now the the mantra for 2021 will be ‘Dawai bhi, kadai bhi’(yes to medicine, yes to caution).

Showing his gratitude towards the frontline workers during the pandemic, the Prime Minister also said ‘Swasthya hi sampada hai‘, the year 2020 has taught us this well. It has been a year full of challenges. Therefore, this last day of the year is the day to remember those Corona warriors who are fighting for us, risking their lives. I bow down to them.” 

Modi also added the fact that around 10 million people have already recovered from COVID-19 and the number of daily new cases are also slowly going down. He also added, “I’m sure people of the country would make similar efforts for mass vaccination as they had put in to contain the spread of the virus.”

Speaking of India’s prowess in health care services Modi claimed that India has transformed into the nerve-centre of global health. He also added, “We are working on mission mode to improve medical education in India. After the formation of National Medical Commission, the quality and quantity of health education will improve.”