India looking forward to WHO approval for home-grown covid vaccine Covaxin

Other News Materials 4 June 2021 12:07 (UTC +04:00)

India is looking forward to the World Health Organization (WHO) approving and recognizing India’s indigenously developed anti-covid vaccine, Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday.

In his address to the WHO's “South-East Asia Regional Health Partners’ Forum on COVID-19", Shringla also underlined India’s intention to participate in international regeneration efforts as the pandemic wanes, through building newer and more resilient supply chains.

The meet was attended by Ajay Seth, secretary, department of economic affairs; Rajesh Bhushan, health secretary; and Randeep Guleria, director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, besides participants from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.

Shringla said covid-19 had “altered geopolitical and geoeconomic conduct". “Trust and transparency have been affected; there is heightened risk aversion; confidence in globalization has been affected," he said. What is commonly referred to as the “global system" was found wanting in its efforts to address the challenges posed by the pandemic, he said.