United Nations: India has informed the United Nations that it will increase its production capacity as new Indian vaccines come on stream, emphasizing that the supply chain of raw materials should be kept open as the COVID-19 vaccines needs to reach every corner of the world.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said on Friday, October 8, 2021 that India has provided medical assistance and, subsequently, vaccines to many countries across the world.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly General Debate, he said, “We are meeting at a time when the COVID crisis is nowhere near the end. However, with the introduction of vaccines, hopefully we will finally be able to take a turn. ” Second Committee on ‘Crisis, Resilience and Accelerating Recovery’ Progress towards the 2030 Agenda.
“As mentioned by Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, we will restart it and work closely with other partners to end this pandemic. For this, the supply chain of raw materials should be kept open. We will increase production capacity with new Indian vaccines on stream,” Tirumurti said.
India will resume exporting surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 under the ‘Vaccine Friendship’ program and fulfill its commitment to the COVAX global pool.
The government had halted the export of COVID-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country in April.
India has exported over 66 million vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries through grants, commercial shipments and the COVAX facility.
Addressing world leaders at the high-level General Assembly session last month, Modi had said India was engaged in developing and manufacturing vaccination despite limited resources.
India’s digital vaccine delivery platform CoWIN has supported its vaccine drive, Tirumurti said, adding that Modi has announced that India has introduced this CoWIN platform to the world as a global public good.
“We are bridging the digital divide by leveraging technology solutions that are low-cost, developmental and designed to empower all citizens, especially women,” he said.
Tirumurti told the General Assembly that the disruption caused by the pandemic has adversely affected the Global South.
“Many of our ambitions and goals have become stagnant, including the path to the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
He said the message to the world is that the international community should come together to combat the pandemic and build a resilient system that drives global recovery.
“International institutions have been slow to react initially, but have eventually begun to cobble together their work in a more coordinated manner. The Indian ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – The World is One Family’ calls upon us to build better. Must show the way.” Tirumurti said.
Emphasizing that digital technology is already a game-changer, Tirumurti said its usefulness will only increase as a force multiplier during this period of construction.
“India, including its unique digital identity system, has already deployed digital technology in a people-friendly and citizen-centric manner to ensure inclusive, integrated and equitable growth and delivery of services within our country,” he said.