1/n #VaccineHesitancy Recieved something from a friend that has really shocked me. Would appreciate corrections if any or all of this is untrue. πŸ™πŸ» "Some thoughts below are from my colleague at IIT and the figures he quoted herein are copied from other sources.
2/n When India decided to adopt the CovishieId & Covaxin, the intelligentsia, non-BJP pol parties, NGOs, all started speaking in the media alleging insufficient data on it’s efficacy, it's fake, we will not take it. The media also launched a movement against the Indian vaccine.
3/n During this time, many news articles were published in the media against the vaccine.
@IndianExpress 182,
#loksatta 172,
@navbharattimes_ 236,
@HindustanTimes 123,
@timesofindia 28,
@thewire_in 78,
@ThePrintIndia 59,
@scroll_in 122,
@newslaundry 54,
@AltNews 78,
#TheHindu 128
4/n Look at the list of how many leaders of the opposition political parties spoke against the vaccine.
@INCIndia 58,
@samajwadiparty 17,
@ShivSena 27,
#DMK 13,
#CPM 12
@AITCofficial 12
The founders and employees of 265 major NGOs had spoken against the vaccine.
5/n 172 retired IAS, IPS, judges & other government officials also
had spoken against the vaccine. 342 cartoons were produced by cartoonists in opposition to the vaccine. A confusion arose among the large section of the people of the country that vaccine is not safe.
6/n And when the vaccination started from 15 Jan, only a few people used to come to the vaccine centers.
On a couple of days some vaccination centers reported only 2-3 vaccinations.
If you look at the long lines for vaccines in Mumbai today, 100s of people 60+ yrs are also seen.
7/n Someone may ask them that since March, when there were no crowds & vaccine doses were going waste, why did they not get the vaccination done then? Similarly the HCWs & FLWs now queuing up did not want it Jan onwards when it had opened up exclusively for them.
8/n The reason is the same fear that these newspapers, politicians etc. had created. Due to this vaccination hesitancy several million doses of vaccine were wasted, new orders were delayed, production capacity expansion did not take place & the result is there for all to see.
9/n Today, these same agitators/protestors against the vaccine are going to get vaccinated quietly. These same shameless entities are questioning why we had a Vaccine Maitri initiative. They are accusing India of a low rate of vaccination after causing the #VaccaineHesitancy "
10/n @moronhumor has taken the trouble to make a thread too, with videos and SS. Pls do share widely! Hope they are held accountable for propogating #VaccineHesitancy @drharshvardhan threadreaderapp.com/thread/1388166…
11/n Not dignifying anyone I don't want to, with replies and justifications. I have already asked for corrections, so the onus of proving any, most or all of this erroneous, is on those who want to argue it. I do love the Mute feature!

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1/n Had the most amazing, moving experience just now. Got an auto and as soon as I sat in, noticed the driver's uniform. He was on a call at the signal & when he got done, I struck up a conversation. My first question is always, 'Kaun gaon, bhai?'
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