Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attending the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy, has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to recognize the Indian vaccine at the earliest.
“In a very short time, we have administered over one billion vaccine doses in India. By controlling the infection in one-sixth of the world’s population, India has reduced the possibility of further mutations in the virus, making the world safer,” said PM Modi while addressing the Global Economy and Global Health Session.
WHO appears to be dragging its feet on India-made vaccine Covaxin, delaying its acceptance in the Emergency Use Listing (EUL).
“India has always been serious about its global obligations. Today, on this G-20 platform, I want to tell you all that India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion vaccine doses for the world next year. This commitment of India will go a long way in preventing the global transmission of Corona. Therefore, it is imperative that Indian vaccines be recognized by the WHO as soon as possible,” said Modi.
Further, “Increasing international mobility is essential for economic recovery. For this, we have to ensure mutual recognition of vaccine certificates of different countries.”
Modi also promised that India would produce 5 billion doses for the world next year.
Modi termed India as the “pharmacy of the world” in fighting Covid-19 and implementing “One Earth-One Health.”
“To fight the Corona global epidemic, we have put the vision of One Earth- One Health in front of the world. To deal with any such crisis in the future, this vision can become a huge force in the world. Playing the role of Pharmacy of the World, India delivered medicines to more than 150 countries,” said Modi.
PM Modi is visiting Rome, Italy and the Vatican City, from October 29-31 to attend the G20 Summit, following which he will travel to Glasgow, United Kingdom from November 1-2 to attend COP-26.