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COVID-19 vaccines showed India’s prowess: Health Minister

Nation addressed crisis, generated blueprint for the world for future health emergencies, says report.

Prioritisation of population groups, procurement strategies, pricing, cold-chain management and issues of logistics were some of the questions the Government of India needed to tackle for the success of the COVID-19 vaccination journey said a set of two reports – ‘COVID-19-India’s Vaccine Development Story’ and ‘India's COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Journey’ — released by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday.

The reports have been compiled by the Institute for Competitiveness, India which is part of the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and affiliated to Harvard Business School.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Dr. Mandaviya said that these reports document the massive efforts that have been undertaken by India, during the world’s largest vaccination drive.

“India’s scientific capacity demonstrated by the development of many indigenous vaccines, which have been approved by the WHO; our ability to trace, test, treat and contain the infection spread through a strong surveillance network; the solidarity displayed by our healthcare professionals, frontline workers and citizens, coupled with collaboration with States and other ministries, have made the COVID-19 vaccination drive successful,” said the Minister.

“The institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities and thus generates guidelines for businesses and those in governance and suggests solutions for socio-economic problems,’’ said Amit Kapoor, chair, Institute for Competitiveness at the release.

The report states that India’s advantageous global position as a leading vaccine manufacturer, and in contrast, a vulnerable developing nation in the face of the pandemic, made India a unique case and its journey of COVID-19 vaccine development and delivery is worth documenting.


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