Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that India has sent medicines to 150 countries during the Covid crisis without increasing the prices and without compromising on the quality of medicines.
The minister was speaking at the inauguration of the International Symposium on Health Technology Assessment in Delhi on Friday.
The Union Health Minister said, ‘During the Kovid crisis, India sent medicines to 150 countries without increasing the price and compromising on the quality.’
India offered assistance to over 150 affected countries in the form of vaccines, medical equipment and medicines during the pandemic, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh said in a keynote address at the 26th Conference of Presidents and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth of Nations (CSPOC) here. Canberra, Australia in January
The Deputy Chairman had said that India helped evacuate foreign nationals stranded in about 123 countries from different parts of India.
Shri Mandaviya said that India meets 65% of the vaccine requirement of the world.
“Today, if there is any country in the world which is providing cheap medicines, it is India,” he said.
Mr. Harivansh further said that India took a special initiative of “Vaccine Maitri” to supply COVID-19 Made-in-India vaccines to various countries across the world.
Under this initiative, till the first week of December 2022, India has supplied over 282 million vaccine doses of COVID-19 to 101 countries and two UN entities.
“Since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in India, we followed a ‘whole of government’ and ‘whole of society approach’. We took several measures to contain the spread of the virus, addressed major gaps in the availability of life-saving healthcare facilities to promote livelihood and restore normalcy in sectors such as education and employment,” he had said.
On the steps taken by the Government of India during the COVID-19 pandemic, he had said, “With regard to enforcement of relevant laws, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 was amended by Parliament to ensure adequate protection of healthcare workers handling patients.” Pandemics. The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 was amended to ensure that there was no shortage of food grains and to keep prices of commodities under control during pandemics. Helped in ensuring food security to the weaker sections of the country through the system.”
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