UN chief highlights India's vaccine production capacity as 'world's best asset'
January 29 2021 09:48 PM
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the press conference.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the press conference

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has applauded India for its role in Covid-19 vaccine development highlighting that 'India's vaccine production capacity is one of the best assets the world has today'.
“We strongly hope that India will have all the instruments that are necessary to play a major role in making sure that a global vaccination campaign becomes possible. I think that the production capacity of India is one of the best assets the world has today, and I hope the world understands that it must be fully used," Guterres told a press conference on Thursday in New York.
"I would like to say how much we count on India. I mean, India has one of the most advanced pharmaceutical industries in the world. India played a very important role in the production of generics for use that was a very important element of democratisation of access to medicines all over the world," he noted.
The UN Secretary-General pointed out that that license should be made available for companies around the world to be able to produce some of the vaccines that already exist.
"I know that, in India, there is a production, a very high level of production, both of Indian-developed vaccines, and I think there is a perspective, very important perspective, of also others. And, we are in contact with Indian institutions for that," Guterres added.

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