NEW DELHI, May 17, 2020: Even as the world is fighting the dreaded coronavirus, India has demonstrated its solidarity with the global community and supplied essential medicines to 123 nations.
Participating in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) through Video Conference Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan stressed that India is playing a key role in fostering bilateral and regional partnerships.
“This is the time when humankind must come together. Today, I urge upon all Governments, industry and philanthropy to prioritise the long term and pool their resources, to ensure everyone benefits,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
“Under our Prime Minister’s able leadership, India has supplied essential medicines to 123 nations as an expression of solidarity.
He expressed India’s deepest condolences at the loss of lives across the world due to COVID-19, “sincere gratitude” for the efforts of those who are in the frontline of this battle.
India undertook the COVID-19 challenge with the highest level of political commitment and Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally monitored the situation and ensured a pre-emptive, pro-active and graded response, leaving no stones unturned to contain the deadly virus from spreading.
India took all necessary steps well in time, including surveillance at points of entry, evacuation of nationals stranded overseas, massive community surveillance through robust disease surveillance network, strengthening of health infrastructure, capacity building of over two million frontline human resources, risk communication and community involvement, he said. “I think we did our best and we did well. We are learning and we are confident of doing better in the months to come,” the Minister said putting forth India’s standpoint on the WHA.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines for the whole world is the only way out of this pandemic. Global collaboration is paramount. Governments, industry and philanthropy must pool resources to pay for the risk, the research, manufacturing and distribution, but with the condition that the rewards should be available to everyone, regardless of where they have been developed.
During the two-day deliberations, he said, the WHA members should share their learnings from how each one of us has tackled this catastrophe since January, how we can support the financial or technical gaps that some of our member states may have and agree to continue R&D in an aggressive and collaborative way.
He complimented the ‘the real heroes’ namely doctors, the nurses, the paramedics, the scientists, the journalists, the delivery boys, security staff, sanitation staff and the police personnel - the forgotten roles who are today playing ‘super humans’, the minister added.