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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins- 24 Jun 2020
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While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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