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Prime Minister attended the 2nd Global COVID-19 Virtual Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a reform of the UN health authority and a review of its vaccine approval processes a week after the government challenged the WHO’s numbers for mortality during the Covid outbreak.

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Mr. Modi also called for the World Trade Organization to be more flexible on the issue of patent waivers, where a joint India-South Africa proposal made in 2020 has yet to be adopted, speaking at the second global Covid summit, which was virtually addressed by US President Joseph Biden and a number of other leaders including from the African Union, European Union, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and South Korea.


  • Taiwan was invited to the meeting by the US and other hosts, but China and Russia declined.
  • In the years 2020 and 2021, the WHO predicted 4.7 million fatalities in India, directly or indirectly due to Covid-19, over 10 times what the government estimates, making India’s death toll the largest in the world.
  • More than 30 countries attended the conference, which was co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal.
  • According to a press statement from the US government, the 2nd global covid summit resulted in more than $3 billion in additional financial pledges from participation, multilateral and charitable organisations, on top of promises made in 2021 and 2022.

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  • WHO Director General: Tedros Ghebreyesus
  • US President: Joe Biden

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