NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to address the opening session of the second Global COVID Virtual Summit on Thursday.
The PM will deliver remarks on the theme of ‘Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritising Preparedness’ at the summit that is hosted by US president Joe Biden, the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Second Global COVID Virtual Summit on May 12 at the invitation of the President of the USA, Joseph R Biden Jr,” the MEA said.
“India is playing a key role in ongoing global efforts to combat the pandemic by supplying safe and affordable vaccines, medicines, development of low-cost indigenous technologies to test and treat, genomic surveillance, and capacity building for health care workers,” the MEA said.
“India is also proactively engaged in multilateral fora with the objective of strengthening and reforming the global health security architecture with WHO at its centre,” the ministry added.
PM Modi appeared in the first Global COVID Virtual Summit hosted by President Biden on September 22, 2021. The second edition of the summit will reaffirm that fighting COVID-19 must remain an international priority.
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization along with Heads of State/Government of Belize in its capacity as Chair of CARICOM, Senegal as Chair of African Union, Indonesia as President of G20 and Germany as President of G7 respectively will attend the summit.