In Photos: Sanitation Worker Manish Kumar Becomes First Indian to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

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 Manish Kumar, a frontline sanitation worker at Delhi AIIMS who received the first jab against the deadly coronavirus, risked his life to go into Covid zones without any formal training on infection control. And the courage of this unsung hero was perhaps the reason for him to get the first vaccine shot. Photo: Reuters<br />
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Manish Kumar, a frontline sanitation worker at Delhi AIIMS who received the first jab against the deadly coronavirus, risked his life to go into Covid zones without any formal training on infection control. And the courage of this unsung hero was perhaps the reason for him to get the first vaccine shot. Photo: Reuters

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 He was inoculated in the presence of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria also received the vaccine shot. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that while he could have easily been the first recipient of the vaccine, Kumar's selection sent a strong message to all frontline warriors that " title=" He was inoculated in the presence of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria also received the vaccine shot. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that while he could have easily been the first recipient of the vaccine, Kumar's selection sent a strong message to all frontline warriors that "we are very grateful to you and will never forget your contribution no matter who you are and where you are". Photo: Reuters
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He was inoculated in the presence of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria also received the vaccine shot. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that while he could have easily been the first recipient of the vaccine, Kumar's selection sent a strong message to all frontline warriors that "we are very grateful to you and will never forget your contribution no matter who you are and where you are". Photo: Reuters

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 " title=" "I knew I was a beneficiary, I told my supervisor to make me the first recipient because I wanted to dispel fears around the vaccine. A lot of apprehension is there, but I am fine. I have been working in AIIMS for many years now. There is no reason to be afraid of the vaccine. My family was fearful too, but I told them that I am taking it and I have faith," said Kumar after receiving the jab. Photo: Reuters
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"I knew I was a beneficiary, I told my supervisor to make me the first recipient because I wanted to dispel fears around the vaccine. A lot of apprehension is there, but I am fine. I have been working in AIIMS for many years now. There is no reason to be afraid of the vaccine. My family was fearful too, but I told them that I am taking it and I have faith," said Kumar after receiving the jab. Photo: Reuters

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 " title=" "There are many people who have been part of the Covid war, and who are the unsung heroes. They have worked tirelessly behind the scenes. They are ones really who have gone into the Covid areas without any formal training on infection control. They have risked themselves and very often we need to acknowledge them. So, I think this is a tribute to all healthcare workers," Dr Guleria, who also got the jab on Saturday, told News18. Photo: PTI
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"There are many people who have been part of the Covid war, and who are the unsung heroes. They have worked tirelessly behind the scenes. They are ones really who have gone into the Covid areas without any formal training on infection control. They have risked themselves and very often we need to acknowledge them. So, I think this is a tribute to all healthcare workers," Dr Guleria, who also got the jab on Saturday, told News18. Photo: PTI

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 India on Saturday launched the world's largest vaccination drive against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.3 million lives, sunk economies, shuttered businesses and shattered daily life the world over. Photo: PTI<br />
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India on Saturday launched the world's largest vaccination drive against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.3 million lives, sunk economies, shuttered businesses and shattered daily life the world over. Photo: PTI

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 The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-government had granted approval to two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, developed by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, respectively. In the first phase of the drive, 3 crore people will be vaccinated on priority. Photo: PTI<br />
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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-government had granted approval to two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, developed by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, respectively. In the first phase of the drive, 3 crore people will be vaccinated on priority. Photo: PTI

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 Sanitation worker Manish Kumar, who according to the officials is the first person in the country vaccinated against the COVID-19, receives a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India. Photo: PTI
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Sanitation worker Manish Kumar, who according to the officials is the first person in the country vaccinated against the COVID-19, receives a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India. Photo: PTI

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