Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India has always seen humanity as one family. He said India's pharmaceutical industry has produced cost-effective diagnostic kits, drugs, medical devices and PPE kits, and these are providing affordable options to many developing countries. In his remarks at the Global COVID-19 Summit via video conferencing yesterday, Mr Modi said, earlier this year, India shared the vaccine production with 95 other countries and with UN peacekeepers, and like a family, the world also stood with India when it was going through a second wave. He thanked all for their solidarity and support.
The Prime Minister said India is now running the world's largest vaccination campaign. He said, recently, 25 million people were vaccinated on a single day. He said the Country's grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far. Mr Modi said, over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated. He said, as newer Indian vaccines get developed, the Government of India is also ramping up the production capacity of existing vaccines.
The Prime Minister said, as the production increases, Government will be able to resume vaccine supplies to others too. He said, for this, the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open. Mr Modi said there is also a need to focus on addressing the pandemic's economic effects. He said, to that end, international travel should be made easier through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.