WHO chief hails Modi’s assurance of utilizing India’s vaccine manufacturing prowess to assist nations struggle Covid-19 – ET HealthWorld

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s assurance that India will use its vaccine production capacity in serving to nations struggle Covid-19, saying the pandemic might be defeated solely by mobilising sources for widespread good.

In his handle to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Modi stated that “as the largest vaccine producing country of the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today. India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis.”

He stated that even throughout these very tough occasions of the raging pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry of India has despatched important medicines to greater than 150 international locations.

“Thank you for your commitment to solidarity, Prime Minister @narendramodi. Only together, by mobilising our forces and resources jointly for the common good, can we end the #COVID-19 pandemic,” WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus stated in a tweet.

Modi informed the 193-member UN General Assembly that in India and the neighbourhood, “we are moving ahead with phase 3 clinical trials in India.”

Modi additional assured that India may even assist all of the international locations in enhancing their chilly chain and storage capacities for the supply of the vaccines.

He, nonetheless, questioned the response of the United Nations in combating the pandemic that has to date contaminated over 32 million folks on the planet and can quickly attain the grim milestone of one million deaths.

“Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the Coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?” Modi stated.

Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications on the United Nations, stated Modi’s assurance is a “welcome news” as a result of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had informed the General Assembly in his handle final week that “vaccinationalism” is not only unfair but self-defeating.

With the Covid-19 pandemic soon reaching the grim milestone of a million deaths, Guterres had chided those countries who are making “side deals” to have a Covid-19 vaccine exclusively for their own populations.

“Such ‘vaccinationalism’ is not only unfair, it is self-defeating. None of us is safe, until all of us are safe. Likewise, economies cannot run with a runaway pandemic,” Guterres had stated.

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