After Covid-19 Indian vaccine delivered to world countries, now Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised India and the PM Narendra Modi, for the vaccines distribution and supporting the “Vaccine Equality” around the world.

  • The Chief of WHO, Tedros Adhanom, also hoped that other countries will follow the same path to distribute the vaccines equally.
  • Tedros Adhanom made a statement that, India’s commitment to COVAX and sharing the covid-19 vaccines have helped more than 60 countries as they have started vaccinating their health workers and other priority groups.
  • Tedros Adhanom further stated that if everyone acts together and share the knowledge, this pandemic could be stopped to save lives and livelihoods of the people.

Backdrop

  • By January 2021, WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom, had also expressed his gratitude to India for its continued support to the world in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Further, in the initial days of February 2021, Tedros Adhanom had requested the drug makers and wealthy nations to help in boosting up the manufacture and distribution of Coronavirus vaccines across the world.
  • Tedros Adhanom had also expressed his concerns that if the wealthy nations continue to vaccinate its people and leave behind the vulnerable countries that the COVID-19 pandemic might starts spreading again.

COVAX initiative

  • The COVAX initiative is a “COVID-19 vaccine Global Access” initiative that was launched by the WHO’s GAVI.
  • The COVAX initiative was launched with the aim of promoting equal access to vaccines by every country and to stop the “Vaccine Nationalism”.
  • Under this initiative, India had announced to supply 10,000,00doses to United Nations Health workers and 1 crore of vaccine doses to Africa In January 2021.
  • In the line, African country, Ghana, became the first country in the world to receive the vaccine doses under the UN-backed-COVAX initiative. India had delivered 6 lakh doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which was made by the Serum Institute of India.
  • India has also supplied the vaccines to several countries including SAARC, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

India for supporting Vaccine Equality