WHO chief Tedros thanks Prime Minister Modi for the Covid-19 vaccine initiative
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for his strong commitment to Covax, a global vaccine group led by WHO and Gavi, and for making Covid-19 vaccines a global public good. “The pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the world, and we agreed to work shoulder to shoulder to end it,” Tedros tweeted.
It was an excellent conversation, Prime Minister Modi said. “We discuss the vast potential of traditional medicine to promote health and wellness in the world. I also secured India’s support for the WHO and the world community in the fight against Covid-19, ”tweeted Prime Minister Modi.
During the conversation, Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation for the important role of the WHO in facilitating a coordinated global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the PMO. “He also pointed out the need to keep an eye on the battle against other diseases and appreciated the importance of WHO’s support to health systems in developing countries,” he said.
Tedros, for his part, highlighted the close and regular collaboration between WHO and the Indian health authorities. The WHO chief also appreciated India’s national initiatives such as the Ayushman Bharat plan and India’s campaign against tuberculosis.
The duo discussed the solutions of traditional medicine, including Ayurveda, and the need to integrate the solutions of traditional medicine into modern medical practice, according to the statement.
“Namaste, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a very productive call on how to strengthen our collaboration and advance access to knowledge, research and training in traditional medicine globally. WHO welcomes India’s leading role in global health and universal health coverage, ”Tedros tweeted after the meeting.