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  • 05 June, 2020

  • 5 Min Read

GAVI

GAVI

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Prime Minister Addresses the virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020. India has today pledged 15 Million US Dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance.

GAVI(Global Vaccine Summit)

  • The virtual Global Vaccine Summit was hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which over 50? countries - business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated.
  • India’s civilization teaches us to see the world as one family and during this pandemic it had tried to live up to this teaching.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India did so by sharing the country’s available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries, by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighbourhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India’s own vast population.
  • Referring to Gavi, he said it is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.

Steps were taken by India to vaccinate

  • 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 in order to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme.
  • Prime Minister elaborated that India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain.
  • These innovations are ensuring the availability of safe and potent vaccines in the right quantities at the right time till the last mile.
  • India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 per cent of the World’s children.
  • Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost 400 Million Dollars for GAVI over the past five years.

Source: PIB


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