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PM Modi participates in Second Global COVID Virtual Summit Emphasizes need for coordinated global response for future health emergencies

New Delhi ,

     Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi stressed that coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies. He said, all the stakeholders must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines.  Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Second Global COVID Virtual Summit this evening at the invitation of the US President, Mr Joseph Biden.
   The Prime Minister delivered his address in the opening session of the summit on the theme 'Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritizing Preparedness'. He said, India has adopted people centric approach towards COVID pandemic and made highest allocation towards annual healthcare budget. He said, India operationalized largest vaccination programme in the world wherein 90 per cent of adult populace is fully vaccinated and more than 50 million children have been administered COVID vaccines.
     Highlighting India's capability to tackle the pandemic, Prime Minister said, country has developed low cost mitigation technologies for testing and treatment. He said, India manufactures four World Health Organization's approved vaccines and has supplied over 200 million doses to over 98 countries. He said, India will extend its capabilities to neighbouring countries in the future also.
       Pointing towards the importance of traditional medicine in the fight against COVID pandemic, Shri Modi said, Indians extensively used the traditional medicines to boost immunity which resulted in saving countless lives. He said, recently, the government has laid the foundation of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine at Jamnagar in Gujarat with an aim to make traditional medicinal knowledge available to the world. 
  He called for flexible WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. He also called for streamlining WHO approval process for vaccines saying that WHO must be reformed and strengthened.
 Secretary General of the United Nations, Director General of World Health Organization and other dignitaries also participated in the summit. (Source:india.gov.in)