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Goodbye to COVID soon, says Dr Harsh Vardhan

Focus on Pre-emptive, proactive, collaborative strategy

If 2020 was the year of discovery for COVID Vaccines, 2021 will be the year we face the challenge of getting it to people across the world who most need it. Here is the big role that we at WHO must play, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

NEW DELHI, Jan 27 (The CONNECT) -Despite the wide disparity in the global epidemiological trends, the world is on the verge of defeating the pandemic by adopting a pre-emptive, proactive and collaborative strategy, according to Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, who digitally chaired the 148th session of WHO Executive Board yesterday, pointed out that the member nations have put up a valiant fight against the disease, “with our collective efforts to suppress transmission, prevent illness and reduce deaths”.

“If 2020 was the year of discovery for COVID Vaccines, 2021 will be the year we face the challenge of getting it to people across the world who most need it. Here is the big role that we at WHO must play,” he said.

The past year 2020 has been the Year Of Science when the best of humanity has shone through the gloom that descended upon us due to the COVID19 pandemic. The situation demanded setting up of major global collaborations so that scientists could share their expertise.

The tireless efforts made by the Member States and WHO in drawing up containment strategies as part of COVID-19 response were recognized and appreciated by the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee IOAC.

It is obvious that the efforts to reform and strengthen WHO must naturally be led by the Member States and thoughtfully considered, in terms of expectations and financing, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of USA, addressed the EB on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration, announcing that the USA will remain a member of the WHO and fulfill its financial obligations, with continued technical collaboration at all levels, including through its collaborating centers. He acknowledged the role of WHO in leading the global public health response to the outbreak; convening scientists and researchers to help accelerate the development of vaccine therapeutics and diagnostics and tracking the latest developments for keeping the Member States informed.

“On behalf of India and as Chair of the WHO Executive Board, I welcome the announcement that the new Administration of President Joe Biden will halt the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the WHO. We note with pleasure that the USA will continue working with all Member States with renewed commitment to multilateral cooperation and action in the global fight against the pandemic,” the Minister said.

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