Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan said that engagement with multiple stakeholders is important to spread the right information and dispel rumors about the vaccination programme. He said, 2020 was the year of discovery for COVID-19 vaccines and this year's challenge before the world is to inoculate the people who most need it.
While chairing the 148th session of WHO Executive Board yesterday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, it is encouraging that tremendous progress has been made despite all the problems in the world. He said, ever since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, a valiant fight was fought against the disease with collective efforts to suppress transmission, prevent illness and reduce deaths.
Appreciating the role of all the member States for acting with speed and scale during the rapidly evolving pandemic, Dr. Harshvardhan said, determination and hard work demonstrated by the countries have saved countless lives amid the ongoing crisis. He added that the biggest success of this pandemic has been the team work and health care organizations actually focused on delivering a meaningful goal across the world. Dr. Harshvardhan also paid respect to those brave men and women who sacrificed themselves in the pandemic and those who are continuing to fight relentlessly and selflessly against the Covid-19.
The Executive Board welcomed the Immunization Agenda 2030 and unanimously recognized the central role played by immunization programmes in safeguarding public health globally. Member States also called for early and equitable availability of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.