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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ tweet has come less than a week after he urged nations and drugmakers to speed up the production and distribution of vaccines across the world.

Geneva:¬†World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday lauded India’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “supporting” vaccine equity. He also urged other countries to follow India’s example.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the WHO chief said, “Thanks, India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting vaccine equity. Your commitment to COVAX and sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses is helping 60+ countries start vaccinating their health workers and other priority groups. I hope other countries will follow your example.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ tweet has come less than a week after he urged nations and drugmakers to speed up the production and distribution of vaccines across the world.

He warned that the world may go back to “square one” if certain countries went ahead with their vaccination campaigns and left others behind in their bid to combat the pandemic.

Earlier in January, the WHO director-general praised India and PM Modi for the continued support to the global COVID-19 response against the pandemic.

“Thank you, India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your continued support to the global COVID-19 response. Only if we #ACTogether, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods,” Tedros tweeted.

It should be noted that India has supplied COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 60 countries including its neighbours Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, and Nepal.


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