Global Vaccine Summit 2020
On 4 June 2020, the Prime Minister Narendra modi of India addressed the virtual “Global Vaccine Summit 2020”. The Summit was hosted by the United Kingdom (UK). Almost 50 countries including the business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated in the Summit. There is a need for an immediate action plan to restart the vaccination programs through better health infrastructure and medical equipment during the corona crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the limitations of global cooperation. For the first time in recent history, humankind faces a clear common enemy.
Purpose of this summit:
- Urge nations around the world to pledge funding for vaccinations to protect the world from future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
- Aimed at raising USD 7.4 million to immunize further 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries by 2025.
- GAVI is an international organization that brings together public and private sectors to create equal access to vaccines for children.
- There is an urgent need to focus upon the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 that is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.
- It is equally important for the countries to give importance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 i.e. Good Health and Well-being.
- The whole world needs to stand together to come out of the pandemic.
India’s Contribution to this summit:
India has pledged USD 15-million as India’s contribution to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).
GAVI is an international organisation which brings together public and private sectors to create equal access to vaccines for children.
India had also mentioned that it has shared its stocks of medicines with over 120 countries in the wake of the pandemic.
India is the world’s foremost producer of vaccines and contributes to the immunisation of about 60% of the world’s children.
India has also added six vaccines to its Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) to expand the protection of vaccination in the country.