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Thursday the 12th of May 2022 was an important day for India at the Second Global COVID Virtual Summit.

Giving his speech, prime minister Narendra Modi called for flexibility in WTO rules related to TRIPS waiver on Covid-19 vaccines and for reform of WHO and streamlining of its approval process for vaccines and therapeutics.

Modi stated that spread of virus had disrupted lives and supply chains and is testing the very limits of resilience of governments in open societies.

We must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines,” he urged.

He said India’s vaccination programme is the largest in the world and India has fully vaccinated almost 90 percent of the adult population, and more than 50 million children.

“India manufactures four WHO approved vaccines and has the capacity to produce five billion doses this year,” he said while adding that India supplied over 200 million doses to 98 countries, bilaterally and through COVAX.