Quad summit 2021: PM Modi takes lead on vaccine talks

The Quad has committed to deliver 1 billion doses to the region by 2022.

The Quad leaders—Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga in the meet for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values and unconstrained by coercion, sending an apparent message to China.

The PM Modi has said the four-nation Quad has come of age and its agenda covering areas like vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies makes it a force for global good.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, referred to the vaccine initiative, said the aim is to produce a billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2022. India has already provided with 5.8 crore Made in India Covid Vaccine to over 65 nations.

The Quad vaccine initiative is perhaps the most pressing and important. The four countries have planned to pool their financial resources, manufacturing capabilities and capacities and logistical strengths so as to ramp up the production and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines in the Indo- Pacific region,” Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla has said.

"In today's context, it is one of the most important initiatives. We are talking about huge investments in creating additional vaccine capacities in India for exports to countries in the Indo- Pacific region for their betterment. We are talking about producing a billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2022," he added.

Also after the summit, Modi tweeted, "United in our fight against COVID-19, we launched a landmark Quad partnership to ensure accessibility of safe COVID-19 vaccines. India's formidable vaccine production capacity will be expanded with support from Japan, US & Australia to assist countries in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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