Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19
(Sourced from PTI)
Global leaders have lauded India's leadership in scientific innovation and decisive action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Drug Controller General of India on Sunday had approved the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute and indigenously developed COVAXIN of Bharat Biotech, for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.
Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tweeted on Monday, tagging the Prime Minister's Office, "It's great to see India's leadership in scientific innovation and vaccine manufacturing capability as the world works to end the COVID-19 pandemic."
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted, "India continues to take decisive action & demonstrate its resolve to end #COVID19 pandemic." "As the world's largest vaccine producer, it's well placed to do so. If we #ACTogether, we can ensure effective & safe vaccines are used to protect the most vulnerable everywhere," he added.
On Monday, addressing scientists at the National Metrology Conclave, Modi had said, "It must be ensured that 'Made in India' products not only have global demand but also global acceptance." "World's biggest COVID-19 vaccination program is set to begin in India. For this, the country is proud of the contributions of its scientists and technicians," he added.
Modi said, "As the largest vaccine producing country in the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today. India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis."