QIndia worked on vaccine development amid the pandemic, some countries fomented terror, says Naidu at UN

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As the world is facing the crisis of Covid-19, several countries like India are working on vaccine development and roll-out and providing assistance to the other countries, there are various countries fomenting terror and leading disinformation campaigns, said India’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu on Tuesday.

Without leading any accusation on Pakistan, the Indian envoy iterated, “These globally recognized state sponsors of terrorism have used the pandemic to ramp up recruitment and infiltration activity to spread the venom of terror. The international community needs to hold them accountable for their actions.”

Naidu further said, “While countries like India have launched vaccination drives and are assisting others during the pandemic, there are countries which continue to foment terror and indulge in hate speech and widespread disinformation campaigns.”

While addressing the vaccine initiative of the country, the envoy said, “As the largest vaccine producing country in the world, we are fulfilling our commitment to make our vaccine production and delivery available for the benefit of the entire humanity. Two vaccines have already been granted approval for emergency use in India. We plan to vaccinate about 300 million in the first six months.”

Emphasizing on India’s vaccine grant assistance, he added, “We have already airlifted more than 6 million doses to nine countries in Phase-1 as grant assistance. Contractual supplies to various countries are also being undertaken in a phased manner. We will also gradually supply to the COVAX facility of the WHO.”

He further added, “India has also assisted more than 150 countries through urgent health and medical supplies. We have pledged USD 15 million to GAVI and operationalized the Covid-19 emergency fund for our neighbors with an initial contribution of USD N10 million. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, through the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund, we have responded to member states’ requests for Covid-19 related assistance.”

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