India Pledges at the UN to Increase Production Capacity as New Indian Vaccines become Available

India has informed the United Nations that it will increase its production capacity when new Indian vaccines become available, emphasizing the importance of maintaining open raw material supply chains since COVID-19 vaccinations must reach every part of the planet.

Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said on October 8 that India has offered medical help and, as a result, vaccines to a number of countries around the world.

Under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, India will commence exporting surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 in order to meet its contribution to the COVAX global pool.

After the country was hit by the second wave of the pandemic in April, the government halted the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Through grants, commercial shipments, and the COVAX facility, India has shipped over 66 million vaccine doses to approximately 100 nations.

Mr. Modi noted that despite limited resources, India is engaged in vaccine development and manufacture during his presentation to world leaders at the high-level General Assembly session last month.

Mr. Tirumurti added that India’s digital vaccine delivery platform, CoWIN, has aided his vaccine effort and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India has made the CoWIN technology available to the globe as a global public good.

Mr. Tirumurti stated at the United Nations General Assembly that the pandemic’s disruption has disproportionately harmed the Global South.

The message to the world, he continued, is for the international community to band together to fight the pandemic and develop a robust structure that will help the globe recover.

Mr. Tirumurti stressed that digital technology is already a game-changer and that its value as a force multiplier will only grow throughout this period of recovery.