PM Modi said that till now 80 crore doses have been given in India and more than 20 crore people have been fully vaccinated. The Prime Minister said earlier this year India provided vaccine doses to 95 other countries and UN peacekeepers.
A video message has been given by US President Joe Biden at the COVID-19 Global Conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday amidst different rules being adopted by different countries to allow citizens of other countries to enter their territory in view of the COVID-19 epidemic. Said that international travel should be made easier by giving mutual recognition to certificates of vaccines.
Through a video message at the Global COVID-19 Summit organized by US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Modi said that India is expanding its current capacity to produce vaccines and only then can it move to other countries. to restore the supply of vaccines. He said that for this the supply chain of raw materials needs to be kept open.
Need to make international travel easier
He said, ‘We also have to focus on addressing the economic effects of this epidemic. For this, there is a need to facilitate international travel for mutual recognition of certificates of vaccines. PM Modi’s statement came on a day when the British government has included India-made Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in its international travel advisory. But India has been kept out of the list of 18 countries whose vaccines have been approved by it (Britain).
This means that Indians will have to follow the rules set for non-vaccinated passengers. People vaccinated in India will also have to live in isolation upon their arrival in the UK as the new rules will be effective from October 4.
Significantly, the US issued a new travel advisory on Monday, under which a person who has been fully immunized will be allowed entry from November. Former President Donald Trump had banned foreign nationals from entering his place.
need to ramp up production
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said that India is rapidly increasing the production capacity of existing vaccines. “As new vaccines are developed, we will ramp up the existing production capacity,” he said. As production increases, we will restore the supply of vaccines to others. For this, it is imperative to keep the supply chain of raw materials open. After the second wave of COVID-19, India stopped exporting vaccines in April.
“With our Quad partners, we are increasing India’s vaccine production capacity for the Indo-Pacific region,” he said. He said that India and South Africa have proposed a ‘Trips’ (Agreement on Trade Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) exemption for COVID vaccines, diagnostic equipment and drugs in the World Trade Organization (WTO). He said that this will provide rapid strength in combating the epidemic.
India’s vaccination campaign continues
Prime Minister Modi said that India has always seen humanity as one family and the country’s pharmaceutical industry has produced affordable diagnostic equipment, medicines, medical equipment and PPE kits. He said that this has also provided cheap alternatives to many developing countries. The Prime Minister said that today the world’s largest vaccination campaign is going on in India and recently about 25 million doses (of anti-Covid-19 vaccine) were given in one day.
He said that till now 80 crore doses have been given in India and more than 200 million people have been fully vaccinated. The Prime Minister said earlier this year India provided vaccine doses to 95 other countries and UN peacekeepers. “We have supplied medicines and medical supplies to more than 150 countries,” Modi said.
Said thank you to other countries
Thanking India for the help extended by other countries of the world to India during the second wave of the Corona epidemic, the Prime Minister said, ‘When we were going through a difficult phase during the second wave, the world was like a family to India. Standing together.
India on Monday said it will resume exports of additional COVID-19 vaccines next month under the ‘Vaccine Friendship’ program and to fulfill its commitment to the global initiative ‘Covax’ remains the top priority of the government.
The government will get more than 30 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines in October and over 100 crore doses in the next three months. So far, more than 83 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the country and 10 crore doses were given in just 11 days.
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