India PM Modi says economy getting boost from rising vaccinations

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India's PM Modi addresses a gathering before flagging off the "Dandi March", in Ahmedabad

NEW DELHI – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that economic growth was getting a boost from rising vaccinations across the country and urged citizens to purchase locally manufactured products over the upcoming festive season.

Modi called for vigilance against COVID-19 and recommended wearing masks during festivals.

India’s immunisation campaign hit a milestone of 1 billion vaccinations on Thursday. The country has covered three-quarters of its 944 million adults with at least one dose but only 31% with two.

(Reporting by New Delhi and Bengaluru bureaux; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)