WHO chief thanks Modi for Covax initiative

General TedrosWHO chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

By Aiswarya Raj

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strong commitment to Covax — a global vaccine pool led by WHO and Gavi — and for making Covid-19 vaccines a global public good.

“The pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the world, and we agreed to work shoulder to shoulder to end it,” Tedros tweeted. “We discussed the vast potential of traditional medicine for promoting health and wellness in the world. I also assured India’s support to WHO and the world community in the fight against Covid-19,” PM Modi tweeted.

The Times of Inda reported that Dr. Tedros said he had a very “productive” phone call with Modi where they talked of “strengthening their collaboration and advance access to research, knowledge and training in traditional medicine globally”
The press realease from the PMO said that PM Modi expressed his appreciation for WHO’s important role in facilitating a coordinated global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement said the PM appreciated the importance of WHO’s support to health systems of developing countries and also noted the need to not lose sight of the battle against other diseases.
The WHO chief also appreciated India’s domestic initiatives like the Ayushman Bharat scheme and India’s campaign against Tuberculosis.The duo discussed traditional medicine solutions and the need to integrate into modern medical practice.
According to the press release, PM Modi informed Dr. Tedros about the planned celebration of the Ayurveda day in India on November 13 with the theme, “ Ayurveda for Covid-19”.