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Second Global COVID Virtual Summit; PM Modi calls for reforms at WHO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Second Global COVID Virtual Summit called for streamlining WHO’s approval process for vaccines and therapeutics to keep supply chains stable and predictable.

He added that India is ready to play a key role in these efforts.

PM Modi talked about the vaccination campaign run by India, the largest one in the world.  He highlighted India’s  role in tackling COVID-19 challenges around the world, by sharing its low cost indigenous COVID mitigation technologies, vaccines and therapeutics with other countries.

“We supplied over 200 million doses to 98 countries, bilaterally and through COVAX. India has developed low-cost COVID mitigation technologies for testing, treating and data management. We have offered these capabilities to other countries,” Prime Minister said.

“Our vaccination program is the largest in the world. We have fully vaccinated almost 90 percent of the adult population, and more than 50 million children,” Prime Minister further said. “India manufactures four WHO approved vaccines and has the capacity to produce five billion doses this year,” PM Modi added.

He participated in the event on the invitation of the President of the U.S.A, Joseph R. Biden Jr. PM Modi said that India has used traditional medicine extensively and has laid the foundation for a WHO Center for Traditional Medicine in India to make this knowledge available to the world.

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PM Modi delivered his remarks in the Opening Session of the Summit on the theme ‘Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritizing Preparedness’, and highlighted that India adopted a people centric strategy  to combat the pandemic. The Prime Minister also highlighted that as a responsible member of the global community,India is working to extend its genomic surveillance consortium.Prime Minister also called for strengthening and reforming the WHO to create a stronger and more resilient global health security architecture.

 

Prime Minister had also participated in the first Global COVID virtual Summit hosted by President Biden on 22 September 2021.

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