Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for reforming the World Health Organization (WHO) and streamlining its approval process for vaccines and medicines. Simultaneously, he stressed the need to make WTO rules, especially TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) more flexible.
The Prime Minister said this during his address at the Second Digital Global Summit organized by US President Joe Biden on Kovid-19. He underscored India’s role in combating the corona virus and said that India’s ‘Genomics Consortium’ has contributed to the global database on the virus and will take the network forward in neighboring countries as well.
He said, “In India, we used our traditional medicine to complement the fight against COVID and saved countless lives… Last month, in India to make this old knowledge available to the world.” Laid the foundation of the WHO Center for Traditional Medicine.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to strengthen and reform the WHO to create a more resilient global health security framework.
India and South Africa last year agreed to temporarily exempt intellectual property rights for the production of COVID vaccines to effectively deal with the pandemic, ahead of the Prime Minister’s call for the World Trade Organisation, especially TRIPS, to be more flexible. A proposal was made in the World Trade Organisation.
He stressed the need for a coordinated global approach to address future health emergency challenges by building a sound global supply chain and ensuring equitable access to vaccines and medicines.
Referring to India’s fight against COVID-19, the Prime Minister said that the country adopted a people-centric strategy against the pandemic.
In the opening session of the summit, Modi said, “It is clear that there is a need for a coordinated global measure to deal with the future emergency challenges related to health. We must build a sound global supply chain and ensure equitable access to vaccines and medicines.
“We call for streamlining the WHO approval process for vaccines and medicines to keep the supply chain stable,” he said. As a responsible member of the global community, India stands ready to play its part in these efforts.
The Prime Minister said, “India has developed low-cost ‘Covid Mitigation Technology’ for testing, treatment and data management. We have shared these capabilities with other countries. India’s Genomics Consortium has made a significant contribution to the global database on viruses.
He said that India’s immunization program is the largest in the world and so far 90 percent of the adult population has been given both doses of vaccines while more than 50 million children have been given vaccines.
The Prime Minister said that India is manufacturing four anti-Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has a capacity to produce 50 million vaccines.
He said that India has supplied more than 200 million doses of vaccines to 98 countries bilaterally and through ‘Covax’.
The Prime Minister said that the COVID pandemic “disrupts lives, supply chains, and challenges the resilience of open societies.” He said, “In India, we have adopted a people-centric strategy against the pandemic. We have allocated the highest ever fund in our annual health budget.
In the second summit, discussions are being held about new steps to deal with the challenges of the Kovid epidemic and to create a strong global health security framework.
US President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also addressed the summit.
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