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PM: Despite local constraints, India sent doses to 80 countries | India News


NEW DELHI: India will continue to share its experiences, knowledge and also resources with all humanity in the fight against the pandemic, since although we are used to having a ‘plan A’ and a ‘plan B’, there is no Planet B and only a planet. Land, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.
The prime minister emphasized that global systems must adapt, to address the underlying causes and not just the symptoms, as the world was going through a watershed moment in human history in the context of the damage caused by Covid-19. .
Addressing the opening session of the Raisin Dialogue 2021, Modi said that despite many limitations, India had supplied vaccines to more than 80 countries, in what also seemed like a response to internal criticism that India has not provided enough vaccines to their own citizens.
“We know that supplies have been modest. We know that the demands are enormous. We know that it will be a long time before all of humanity can be vaccinated. At the same time, we also know that hope is important. It is as important to the citizens of the richest countries as it is to the less fortunate, ”Modi said.
The prime minister said that while trying to protect its own 1.3 billion citizens from the pandemic, India had also tried to support the pandemic response efforts of others.
“In our neighborhood, we have encouraged our coordinated regional response to the crisis. Last year, we shared medicines and protective equipment with more than 150 countries. We fully understand that humanity will not defeat the pandemic unless everyone, everywhere, regardless of the color of our passports, gets out of it, ”Modi said.
Participating in a panel discussion on the first day, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that it was necessary to ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines around the world, as no one will be safe until everyone is safe. and access can be guaranteed by increasing production, including in countries like India. Jaishankar said that India was able to manufacture the Covid-19 vaccine thanks to international cooperation. At the same time, there was nothing unusual about the tendency for countries around the world to consider their own requirements, the minister said, adding that a broader approach was needed to address the matter taking into account the difficulties they face. smaller countries.
Underlining that in current diplomacy, doing good is being smart, the minister said that the “maitri vaccine” reflects the broader perspective of “Vaisudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), stating that health security is now part comprehensive national security.
“I think equitable access (to vaccines) is of vital importance in this. Because we all know that no one will be safe until everyone is safe, ”Jaishankar said when asked to comment on the global approach to dealing with the crisis.

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