Cautioning people from falling prey to “voices that demoralise our nation”, Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, on Monday said India “should have done much better” while handling the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
In his address to shareholders, Adani said, “We must admit that every life lost, is a tragedy.
Undoubtedly, our country should have done much better, especially during the deadly wave two. However, as nations of the world marshal their resources to fight the pandemic, I see India being targeted by several critics for not doing more to protect its citizens, especially in vaccination.”
Stating that the challenge of vaccinating people in India is far greater compared to other nations, Adani said India has more people than the combined population of Europe, North America and Oceania.
“So our vaccination effort has to be bigger than the combined efforts of 87 countries…. While I admit that criticism is justifiable, we must not fall prey to voices that demoralise our nation or break the morale of frontline workers who have made extraordinary sacrifices,” he said in his virtual address.
Pointing out that the logistics division of the group covered a distance that was equivalent to travelling twice around the world while delivering cold-stored vaccines to different parts of India, he thanked the Indian Air Force for flying countless missions to help the Group bring in essential supplies such as liquid medical oxygen,…