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India's vaccine production capacity best asset world has today: UN chief Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ comments came at a time when India has been gifting lakhs of COVID-19 vaccine doses to multiple countries across the world.

January 29, 2021 / 09:57 AM IST
File image: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

File image: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on January 28 termed India’s vaccine production capacity as the “best asset” the world has to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The UN chief also called on India to play a major role in the global COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

"I know that in India there is a very high level of production of Indian developed vaccines. We are in contact with Indian institutions for that. We strongly hope that India will have all the instruments that are necessary to play a major role in making sure that a global vaccination is campaign is made possible," Guterres said while addressing reporters in New York.

“I would like to say how much we count on India. I mean, India has one of the most advanced pharmaceutical industries," he said.