The XIV Dalai Lama was vaccinated against coronavirus in the Indian city of Dharamsala at the Zonal hospital and remained under medical supervision for about half an hour after the vaccine was administered, the spiritual leader's press service said.
“According to a trusted friend of mine, including a doctor, this injection should be given to prevent a serious problem. Therefore, you must also take this injection for more benefit. This is very important, so I accepted it. Therefore, I want to share with other people who must have the courage to take this injection, "the Dalai Lama said in a video on his YouTube channel, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, the Dalai Lama linked the COVID-19 epidemic with karma. According to him, the COVID-19 epidemic is a consequence of accumulated karma in the past, it is necessary to take measures to prevent a new outbreak of diseases in the future.
In India, the first and second wave of COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place in parallel. In the first, doctors and police officers, emergency workers are vaccinated. During the second, people over 45 and over 60 years old with concomitant diseases are vaccinated.
In India, only two vaccines have been approved for emergency use - the Indian version of the Oxford vaccine called Covishield and the locally developed Covaxin vaccine, which was previously opposed by Indian doctors. Formerly the Indian pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has applied for approval for emergency use of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in India.
India has the second largest number of people infected with coronavirus in the world. The country has 11.1 million cases of COVID-19. The disease was defeated by more than 10.8 million people, about 180 thousand people are continuing treatment, more than 157 thousand people have died from coronavirus and related diseases.