Free vaccination for everyone, Modi extols the “protective” virtues of yoga

India led on Monday the 21stprotectiveFrom this discipline against the coronavirus.

The introduction of free vaccination coincided with International Yoga Day, which was marked by a morning speech by Narendra Modi to the nation, promoting the benefits of the practice as a source of “inner strength». «When I speak to frontline fighters, they tell me that they have adopted yoga as a shield in their fight against the coronavirus. Doctors are empowered by yoga, they also use yoga to treat patients“Said the Prime Minister on Monday.

Although the public parks and gardens where yoga enthusiasts love to practice their discipline reopened in Delhi on Monday, there were few International Yoga Day events for the second year in a row due to the Covid pandemic. This day, dedicated to the secular discipline of India and passed by the United Nations in 2014 at the suggestion of Narendra Modi, is generally celebrated around the world during the June solstice, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

Since the pandemic began, the Indian government has repeatedly praised the benefits of yoga and herbal treatments, and sales have skyrocketed. However, last month a number of Indian doctors registered fake and wore a black armband against Baba Ramdev, a guru close to the Modi government who claimed yoga could cure and cure patients with Covid-19.

Immunize 1.1 billion Indians

May the vaccination is open to all adults under 45 years of age. However, to date only about 275 million doses of the vaccine have been given and only 4% of the population is fully vaccinated. The government’s goal is to vaccinate 1.1 billion adults by the end of the year. “The campaign is now supposed to accelerate (…) the daily vaccination was resumed in the past week and is to be further intensified», Said Rajib Dasgupta, public health policy specialist, AFP, adding that certain inequalities and distrust of the population are hampering the success of the operation.

India’s vaccination campaign has also slowed significantly in recent months due to a vaccine shortage, although the country suffered a violent second wave of epidemics between late March and mid-May. Travel and activity restrictions that have been in place since then have fueled a sharp decline in daily infections, but their continued gradual easing is already raising fears of a third wave.