India at UN Says It Will Increase Production Capacity As New Indian Vaccines Go Into Service, Health News, ET HealthWorld

United Nations: India has informed the UN that it will increase production capacity as new Indian vaccines come into service, stressing that raw material supply chains must remain open as Covid-19 vaccines must reach all corners of the globe.

India’s permanent representative to United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti said on Friday that India had provided medical assistance and subsequently vaccines to many countries around the world.

“We are meeting at a time when the Covid crisis is far from over. However, with the introduction of vaccines, there is hope that we will finally be able to take the leap, ”he said during the United Nations General Assembly’s general debate of the Second Committee on“ Crisis , resilience and recovery – Accelerating progress towards the 2030 Agenda ‘.

“As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi mentioned, we will take this up and work closely with other partners to end this pandemic. For this to happen, raw material supply chains must remain open. We will increase production capacity as new Indian vaccines come into use, ”Tirumurti said.

India will resume exporting surplus Covid-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 as part of the “Vaccine Maitri” program and to meet its commitment to the Covaxglobal pool.

The government had stopped the export of Covid-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic that hit the country in April. India has exported more than 66 million doses of vaccine to nearly 100 countries through subsidies, commercial shipments and the Covax facility.

During his address to world leaders at the high-level session of the General Assembly last month, Modi said India was committed to the development and manufacture of vaccines despite limited resources.

India’s CoWIN digital vaccine delivery platform has supported its vaccination campaign, Tirumurti said, adding that Modi announced that India has offered this CoWIN platform to the world as a global public good.

“We are bridging the digital divide by leveraging low-cost, scalable technology solutions designed to empower all citizens, especially women,” he said.

Tirumurti told the General Assembly that the disruption caused by the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on countries in the South.

“Many of our ambitions and targets have been exceeded, including the path to the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

He said the message to the world is for the international community to unite to fight the pandemic and build a resilient system that will drive global recovery.

“International institutions were slow to react at first, but eventually began to pull themselves together in a more coordinated fashion. The Indian ethic of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – The World is a Family” should show us the way to rebuild better, ”Tirumurti said.

Emphasizing that digital technology is already a game-changer, Tirumurti said its usefulness during this period of reconstruction will only increase, as a force multiplier.

“India has already deployed digital technology in a user-friendly and citizen-centered manner to ensure inclusive, integrated and equitable development and service delivery in our country, including through our unique digital identity system” , he added.

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