India’s vaccine capability will assist ‘all humanity’: Modi

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India's vaccine capacity will help 'all humanity': Modi

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) – also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 – isolated from a patient and leaking from the surface of cells (blue / pink) grown in the laboratory . Image credit: NIAID-RML

India, as the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, will use its resources "for all humanity" in the fight against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations on Saturday.

In his address to the virtual United Nations General Assembly, Modi made no mention of climate change or India's current border dispute with China after a clash in June when 20 Indian troops were killed.

"As the largest vaccine producing country in the world … India's vaccine production and delivery capacity is being used to help all of humanity fight this crisis," said Modi.

"India will also help all countries improve their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of the vaccines," he said.

In his speech to the United Nations on Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that any nation developing a COVID-19 vaccine share it widely.

Morrison made the strongly worded appeal when the United States resisted global efforts to collaborate on a vaccine.

"This is a global responsibility and it is a moral responsibility to ensure that a vaccine is shared far and wide," Morrison had said.

Modi also omitted to mention Pakistan directly, although Prime Minister Imran Khan used his UN address to abuse India over Kashmir and the Hindu nationalist ideology of the New Delhi government.

Modi, however, reiterated India's calls for a reform of the United Nations and for the second most populous country in the world to have greater influence over the global body.

"For the past eight to nine months the whole world has been fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?" Said Modi.

India’s 1.3 billion people "have waited a long time for United Nations reforms to be completed," Modi said.

"Today people in India are concerned whether this reform process will ever come to its logical conclusion. How long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?"

India, along with Norway, Ireland and Mexico, will become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a term of two years from January 1, 2021.

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