New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India adopted a people-centric strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed that a coordinated global response was required to combat future health emergencies. Addressing the second US-hosted global virtual summit on Covid-19, PM Modi said the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt lives, and supply chains and test the resilience of open societies.
“The Covid pandemic continues to disrupt lives, supply chains and test the resilience of open societies. In India, we adopted a people-centric strategy against the pandemic,” PM Modi said. “We have made the highest-ever allocation to our annual healthcare budget. Our vaccination program is the largest in the world,” he further said.
My remarks at the 2nd Global Covid Summit.
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“We must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines. WTO rules need to be more flexible. WHO must be reformed and strengthened to build a more resilient global health security architecture,” PM said.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other dignitaries also participated in the summit.
“Last month we laid the foundation of WHO Centre for Traditional Medicine in India with an aim to make this age-old knowledge available to the world. It is clear that a coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies,” he added.
Prime Minister had also participated in the first Global COVID Virtual Summit hosted by President Biden earlier on September 22 last year.
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