India underlines its commitment to help needy nations with vaccines in the global flight against the pandemic
Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reemphasised that India would do its utmost to help countries fight the pandemic.
It should be noted that under PM Modi’s tenure, India has supplied vaccines to many countries while vaccinating its own citizens.
While Modi addressed the World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogue via video conferencing, he hailed India's pandemic response and said the country has transformed fight against coronavirus into people's movement.
"Today India is among most successful in saving lives," PM Modi said.
"Many around the world thought India would be worst-affected country by Covid-19 and face tsunami of corona infections," he added.
It should be noted that the vaccination drive began in India on January 16. The vaccines were produced indigenously. They are Covishield and Covaxin.
What is of greater importance and significance is that India has achieved the feat of vaccinating 1 million while providing vaccines to other nations as well.
“India was the fastest country to reach 1 million Covid-19 vaccinations within six days. The United States achieved it in 10 days, Spain in 12 days, Israel in 14 days, the United Kingdom in 18 days, Italy in 19 days, Germany in 20 days and the United Arab Emirates in 27 days,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in New Delhi on Thursday, as quoted by Times Now.
India has promised to deliver vaccines to other needy countries as well. It is heartening to note that Brazil expressed its heartfelt gratitude to India as it shipped a consignment of vaccines.
As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat project, PM Modi envisions a country that is self-reliant, and at the same time, becomes a robust manufacturing sector.
It is also to be noted that India has earned the epithet ‘Vaccine pharmacy of the world’ as it a major supplier of vaccines to other nations.
Last Updated Jan 29, 2021, 12:45 PM IST