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India ready to produce 5bn-plus vaccine doses by 2022 end: PM Modi

India ready to produce 5bn-plus vaccine doses by 2022 end: PM Modi

Rome: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that India is ready to produce over 5 billion Covid vaccine doses by the end of 2022, PTI reported. He was addressing the G-20 Summit session in Rome.

In his intervention at the "global economy and global health" session, Modi also flagged the issue of facilitating international travel and the need for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.

Foreign minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters that PM Modi expressed his satisfaction over the G20 decision of a 15 per minimum corporate tax to the global financial architecture as "just and fair". He said this is to ensure that companies pay a certain amount of tax in countries where they are located. This will ensure a rationalised global tax structure and better cooperation in the international domain when it comes to problems like tax evasion, money laundering, and corruption, he said.

Regarding WHO's authorisation to India's indigenous vaccine, Covaxin, a technical advisory group of the UN health agency, will meet on November 3 to conduct a final "risk-benefit assessment" for its Emergency Use Listing. Modi highlighted India's medical supply to over 150 countries and its contribution in maintaining the global supply chain during the pandemic. Underlining India's bold economic reforms, he invited G20 nations to make India their partner in economic recovery and supply chain diversification.

Modi stressed the collaborative approach 'One Earth, One Health' vision in dealing with the pandemic. Shringla told reporters that the concept of 'One Earth, One Health' introduced by the PM is essential for the international community as the world looking for comprehensive solutions to address issues such as inequities and problems.

He said that vaccines produced by India would be available not only for its citizens but the rest of the world. India is contributing to reducing vaccine inequities in the developing world, he added.

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