In a move to express solidarity with the world at large in the wake of the crisis generated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, on June 4, India has pledged $15 million to GAVI, the international vaccine alliance.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The virtual summit witnessed the participation of more than 50 countries, including business leaders, the UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders.
Referring to GAVI, PM Modi said that it is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity which reminds us that by helping others we can also help ourselves. He said that India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but the country’s huge demand also brings down the global price of vaccines for all.
The Prime Minister said India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. He added that the Indian civilisation teaches to see the world as one family and India so as to live up to this teaching has been sharing available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries during the pandemic.
PM Modi added that along with protecting India’s vast population, India has forged a common response strategy in its immediate neighbourhood and provided specific support to countries that sought the same.
The Prime Minister said the Covid-19 pandemic, in some ways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, humankind faces a clear common enemy.