India to contribute $15 million to global vaccination alliance | India News

NEW DELHI: India will contribute $15 million to an international vaccine alliance, Gavi, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the virtual Global Vaccine Summit.
Prime Minister said the Covid-19 pandemic, in some ways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, the humankind faces a clear common enemy.
PM Modi said India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support.

The Geneva-based organisation works toward vaccinating children across the globe against deadly and debilitating diseases.
At the summit, which was attended by over 50 countries, the PM said India has a vast population and limited health facilities and that it understands the importance of immunization.
Prime Minister said that one of the first programmes launched by his government was Mission Indradhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the vast nation.
He said to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme.
The PM underlined his country’s commitment towards the world when India decided to share the stock of medicines with over 120 countries.
“India’s civilization teaches to see the world as one family and that during this pandemic it had tried to live upto this teaching by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighborhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India’s own vast population,” he said.
Prime Minister reiterated that India stands in solidarity with the world along with its proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccines at low cost, its own domestic experience in rapidly expanding immunization and its considerable scientific research talent.
India not only has the capacity to contribute to the global health efforts, but also has the will to do so in a spirit of sharing and caring, he said.

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