Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:
“Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind” – message of Bhagavad Gita delivered to United Nations Security Council as it discusses COVID vaccines.
Made in India vaccines supplied to 25 nations: 49 countries across the world will be added soon.
Announced gift of 200,000 doses to UN Peacekeepers.
Made 9 suggestions:
i. Persist with the vaccination drive.
ii. Collaborate on genomic surveillance & exchange information.
iii. Effectively address public resistance to vaccines.
iv. Improve public health infrastructure & build capacity.
v. Stop ‘Vaccine nationalism’; promote internationalism.
vi. Strengthen COVAX; ensure equitable distribution.
vii. Urgently resume immunization programs.
viii. Stop disinformation campaigns.
ix. Proactively prepare for the next global pandemic.