(ANSA) – ROME, OCTOBER 30 – In India “we are ready to produce 5 billion vaccines by the end of next year. These will be available not only for our citizens, but for the rest of the world and this is our contribution to reducing vaccine disparity, particularly for the developing world “and” we believe that WHO’s approval for emergency use of our Covaxin vaccine could facilitate this process of assistance to other countries. ” This was stated by Indian Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla in a media briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first day at the G20 summit.
In his speech at the summit, Modi emphasized India’s contribution in the fight against the pandemic with medical supplies to 150 countries and spoke of his vision “one world, one health”, which in summary “highlights the need for a collaborative approach in the fight. to the pandemic “and promotes the” development of mechanisms to address future pandemics and health issues “. The idea was “well received by G20 leaders”. The Indian prime minister also “stressed the need for resilient global supply chains” and expressed “satisfaction” in the G20’s minimum tax decision. Modi also “talked about facilitating access to travel” and the “mutual recognition” of vaccine certifications, useful for this purpose.
On the first day of the summit, Modi held two official meetings, with French President Emmanuel Macron and with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. With Macron, Modi “welcomed the EU strategy on the Indo-Pacific” and “thanked the French president for his leadership role in developing this strategy”. The Indian leader then invited the head of the Elysée to visit his country.
In addition to attending the G20 sessions, Modi will be at an event sponsored by US President Joe Biden on the supply crisis tomorrow and will hold other bilateral meetings before traveling to Glasgow to attend COP26. (HANDLE).
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