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.
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.
Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:
- WHO Director General: Tedros Ghebreyesus
- US President: Joe Biden