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Quad vaccine initiative will be additional, won’t affect domestic supply: MEA

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There was a wholesome appreciation by the other Quad leaders on India’s role in providing vaccines to 70 countries all over the world under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, foreign secretary said.

The leaders of the four Quad countries — the United States, India, Japan and Australia — have agreed to build an Indo-Pacific specific vaccine initiative during their first virtual summit on Friday, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said briefing about the summit.

“This is a vaccine supply chain which is built by trust and being built to convey trust. It is an example of human-centric international cooperation and globalisation that the Prime Minister has referred to on more than one occasion,” the foreign secretary said.

“It is also a validation of our reputation as a reliable manufacturer of high-quality vaccines and pharmaceutical products during this Covid crisis that has been much in evidence. And I must say that during the discussions, there was a wholesome appreciation by the other Quad leaders on India’s role in providing vaccines to 70 countries all over the world under the Vaccine Maitri initiative,” he added.

“What we are creating are additional capacities. This, I repeat, will not, in any matter, affect our doestic vaccine production and roll-out,” he said.

Explaining that Quad vaccine Inititaive will be like an extension of Vaccine Maitri initiative, the foreign secretry said that Make-in-India and aatmanirbhar Bharat are reliable contributors to global supply chains and augment global reliability of critical commodities and products.

The Quad leaders agreed to create three working groups — vaccine expert working group, critical and emerging technology working group and climate working group.

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