Quad Announces Steps to Strengthen Vaccine Partnership | Latest India News

The Quadrilateral Security Group or Quad on Friday announced steps to strengthen its vaccine partnership, including delivery of the first batch of Quad-backed shots in the first half of 2022 and a global Covid-19 action plan to improve coordination of vaccines. recovery efforts.

The foreign ministers of India, Australia, Japan and the United States reviewed the Quad Vaccine Partnership, which was launched in March last year, at their meeting in Melbourne. The partnership envisions the production of one billion doses of US-developed vaccines in India with US and Japanese funding.

“We look forward to delivery of the first batch of Quad-backed vaccines in the first half of this year,” said a joint statement issued after the Quad ministerial meeting.

The statement said a global action plan for enhanced engagement will be launched to coordinate the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a joint press conference that a meeting was being called for February 14 on the global action plan that “will lead to increased leadership and coordination across regions and sectors.” to end the pandemic.

The Quad Vaccine Partnership has made “rapid progress in expanding vaccine production at Biological E Ltd’s facility in India, which aims to deliver at least 1 billion vaccines by the end of 2022”, says the joint press release.

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Additionally, Quad members have collectively provided more than 500 million doses of vaccines against their pledges to donate more than 1.3 billion doses worldwide. They also help train healthcare workers, tackle vaccine hesitancy and increase infrastructure, especially cold chain systems, for “last mile” vaccine delivery, according to the joint statement.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said her country would strengthen the Quad Vaccine partnership with additional investment in a regional health security initiative for the Indo-Pacific.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the meeting reviewed the Quad’s ongoing efforts to tackle the pandemic and “agreed to expedite the delivery of safe and affordable vaccines, support capacity building and to increase infrastructure for “last mile” delivery.

The Quad’s efforts to build resilient supply chains, improve the availability of trusted critical technologies, combat misinformation and maintain a rules-based multilateral trading system will also contribute to global economic resilience, he added.

The meeting also discussed humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, the provision of vital climate-resilient infrastructure and maritime security support for Indo-Pacific partners, including the strengthening of maritime domain awareness, offshore resource development and tackling challenges such as illegal fishing.

Jaishankar also said that the Quad will strengthen existing bonds between people through education programs and think tank dialogues.

The joint statement says recent natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the need to “build and sustain resilience in the face of such events”. Quad members are committed to strengthening collaboration among their response agencies to provide rapid and effective humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.


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