India playing pharmacy of the world role during COVID-19 crisis: SCO Secy-Gen

KJM Varma / Beijing / New Delhi

India is playing the role as the “pharmacy of the world” during the COVID-19 pandemic with its vast experience and deep knowledge in medicine, setting the tone for many regi­onal and global initiatives, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secy-General Vladimir Norov has said.

India has so far supplied medicines to 133 countries in the fight against COVID-19, which shows India’s generosity, despite the fact the country’s government has taken urgent measures to prevent and treat the disease on a national scale, Norov told PTI.

This is a worthy and responsible example of the behaviour of a major power, and at the same time demonstrates the complementarity and mutual support of the SCO member states, he said. India last week overwhelmingly won the election to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a non-permanent seat.

Commenting on India’s election to the UNSC, Norov, who visited New Delhi in January this year and held extensive talks with the top Indian leadership, said that the country’s entry into the powerful UN organ is more than symbolic. “This is more than symbolic now as India secures its non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for the period of 2021-2022. “I am sure highly qualified scientists and medics in India will take an active part in the efforts of the world community to study and research the coronavirus pandemic and develop a vaccine,” Norov said.

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