Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the G7 summit being held in Cornwall, UK, at 8:30 pm IST on Saturday.
India is one of the guest countries at the summit along with South Africa, Australia and South Korea. PM Modi had cancelled his in-person visit to the UK for the summit last month owing to the COVID-19 situation in India.
Here are the highlights from the address:
The ‘Building Back Stronger – Health’ session focused on the worldwide recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on developing resilience against future pandemics.
PM Modi gave the message “One Earth, One Health.”
Participated in the @G7 Summit session on Health. Thanked partners for the support during the recent COVID-19 wave.
India supports global action to prevent future pandemics.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 12, 2021
According to an official statement released by PMO, he emphasised the special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies in preventing future pandemics, calling for global cooperation, leadership, and solidarity.
He also expressed appreciation to the G7 and other guest countries for their support during the recent wave of COVID infections in India.
He spoke about India’s “whole-of-society” approach to fighting the pandemic, which combines the efforts of all levels of government, industry, and civil society.
While discussing India’s successful use of open-source digital tools for contact tracing and vaccine management, he also spoke about the country’s willingness to share its experience and expertise with other developing countries.
He proposed G7’s support for India and South Africa’s WTO proposal for a TRIPS waiver on COVID-related technologies.
As per TOI, PM Modi’s message received immediate support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Today, the Prime Minister will virtually attend the final day of the G7 Summit and will speak at two sessions.