Underlining the need to address vaccine inequity across the world, especially in developing countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told G-20 leaders that India is ready to produce over 5 billion vaccine doses by the end of next year.

Speaking at the first session on global economy and global health, he also used the opportunity to convey that the early emergency approval to Covaxin by WHO will facilitate India’s efforts to help other countries.

Briefing reporters on Modi’s intervention at the closed-door session, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “The PM conveyed that India has not only vaccinated over a billion of its citizens but more important is that we are ready to produce over 5 billion vaccine doses by end of next year.”

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