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Sustainable Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic Should Begin With Vaccines: India At UN

To ramp up production capacity of vaccines, it is essential that the global supply chains of raw materials are kept open, said Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

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Sustainable Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic Should Begin With Vaccines India At UN
We need to make COVID-19 vaccine available, accessible and affordable, said Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti
  • India's Permanent Representative to UN raised the issue of vaccine inequity
  • Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti stressed on vaccine equity to recover from COVID
  • Mr Tirumurti called to make vaccines available, accessible and affordable

New Delhi: “If we need to have any sustainable recovery from the pandemic, it should start with vaccines”, said Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. Mr Tirumurti was speaking at the Peacebuilding Commission-ECOSOC meeting on ‘promoting durable peace and sustainable development in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic’. At the meeting, he made four main points – focus on vaccine equity; strengthen conflict-ridden state’s capacity to fight terror; resume financing immediately to revive economies, especially of small states; adopt human-centric digital initiatives.

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Mr Tirumurti spoke at length about vaccine equity and India’s role in ensuring the supply of vaccines to various countries. Here are the key points he made with regard to vaccine equity and a sustainable recovery:

1. Much of the developing world is yet to be vaccinated. The first focus should therefore be on vaccine equity.

2. We need to scale up our efforts and make the COVID-19 vaccine available, accessible and affordable.

3. Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, India has immediately offered support to the affected countries in Africa, including by supplying made-in-India vaccines, essential life-saving drugs and medical equipment.

4. We have supplied critical and life-saving medicines including half a million COVID-19 vaccines COVAXIN to Afghanistan. Keeping in mind the UN Peacekeepers operating under difficult circumstances, we donated two lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to cover all of them.

5. To ramp up the production capacity of vaccines, it is essential for the global supply chains of raw materials to be kept open.

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While talking about terrorism in Africa and how it affects recovery from the COVID-19, Mr Tirumurti said,

Unless we are able to strengthen the state’s capacity to fight terror, we cannot have durable and sustainable recovery from either conflict or COVID.

While signing off, Mr Tirumurti urged to prioritise instead of overloading the agenda of recovery and making recovery anaemic.

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