Dr S Jaishankar

Stop ‘Vaccine nationalism’; promote internationalism: Dr S Jaishankar

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.

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