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“Our Planet Will Not Be Same After Covid-19”: PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi noted that the events in the future will be remembered as either pre or post-Covid.

The world will not be the same after COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, while noting that the events in the future will be remembered as either pre or post-Covid.

PM Modi, while delivering the keynote address on the occasion of “Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations” on Buddha Purnima, expressed gratitude towards the frontline and healthcare workers who were selflessly risking their lives every day in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, while extending condolences to those who lost their dear ones to the deadly viral infection.

The pandemic has impacted every nation across the world and left a huge economic impact as well, the Prime Minister stressed.

“Our planet will not be the same after COVID-19. In the times to come, we will certainly remember events as either pre-Covid or post-Covid,” he said.

He, however, added that there have been noteworthy changes in the country and across the globe as well. “India is proud of its scientists who worked for vaccines. I once again salute our frontline healthcare workers, doctors, nurses who selflessly risk their lives every day to serve others in need, to those who have suffered and lost their dear ones. I extend condolences,” PM Modi said.

Acknowledging individuals and organisations who rose to the occasion contributed their bit in the fight against the pandemic, the Prime Minister said their actions were aligned with the teaching of Lord Buddha.

“In the last year, we have seen several individuals and organizations rise to the occasion and do everything possible to reduce suffering. I have also learned of the generous contribution of equipment and materials made by the Buddist organizations, followers of Buddh dharma from the world over… By the outpouring of generosity, and support of fellow humans, the actions are in line with the teaching of Lord Buddha,” he said.

PM Modi recalled that he had addressed the program last year as well which was dedicated to the frontline workers.

“A year later we are seeing a mix of continuity and change. Pandemic has not left us. Several nations including India have experienced a second wave. This is the first crisis humanity faced in decades. We have not seen a pandemic like this in decades.”

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