India and UK to strengthen collaboration on Covid response, develop virtual hub for vaccines

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the various aspects of our strategic partnership.

Beyond that, officials also discussed a number of possibilities regarding the Covid-19 response between the two countries, including developing a virtual hub to deliver vaccines for coronavirus and other deadly viruses.

“The UK and India are working together as a positive force and launching the pioneering new vaccine hub, which will share best practices for regulatory and clinical trials and drive innovation,” said the UK High Commissioner. in a statement.

Raab also visited a health clinic in Delhi where the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccines will be administered.

The Pune-based Serum Institute is currently ready to provide over one billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca. Unlike other vaccines, it can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, making it easier and cheaper to produce, store and distribute around the world.

Raab during his meeting with Prime Minister Modi said: “This partnership between the Serum Institute and the University of Oxford best demonstrates the relationship between the UK and India: a vaccine developed in the UK and manufactured in India, that unites our brightest minds to save lives as a global force. forever. “

“A global pandemic requires a global solution. Scientific cooperation has made progress on coronavirus vaccines at a record pace and the UK-India Vaccine Hub will now build on these innovations to end this crisis and protect us all. from future pandemics, “the British Foreign Minister said in a statement.

The statement also states that millions of doses of Serum’s Covid-19 will be distributed to the world’s poorest people via the global COVAX initiative, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the vaccine alliance.

The UK has advocated equal access to any coronavirus vaccine for those who need it and has pledged up to £ 619 million to COVAX to ensure UK access to coronavirus vaccines and distribute Covid vaccines -19 around the world.

“The new hub will allow British and Indian experts to share knowledge on clinical trials and regulatory approvals and deliver vaccines to the people who need them most in a safe, secure and energy efficient way,” reads. an official statement.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Modi today, the foreign minister signaled his ambition for a closer relationship between the UK and India as part of a broader UK focus on our partnerships in the Indo-Pacific. They also talked about the 10-year roadmap heralding a new era for the UK and India with an ambitious plan for a strengthened trade partnership.

According to the British High Commissioner, India supplies over 50% of the world’s vaccines and 25% of the National Health Service (NHS) generics. Closer cooperation between the UK and India on drug and vaccine approval will ensure quick access for the UK to Indian-made pharmaceuticals and help safeguard future supplies to the NHS.

The UK Foreign Minister has signaled his ambition for a closer relationship between the UK and India as part of the UK’s broader focus on partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.

Leaders also talked about a 10-year roadmap heralding a new era for the UK and India with an ambitious plan for a strengthened trade partnership.

Prime Minister Modi called the interaction with Rahab “excellent”, adding that he was looking forward to Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending the Republic Day ceremony next year as the main guest.

The British High Commission also informed that Raab also met with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and agreed to work together on mutual recognition of academic qualifications, starting with master’s degrees, in the coming year.

Raab also welcomed the signing of a new agreement between the University of Edinburgh and Gujarat to open a new biotechnology university in the state by July 2021, marking the first foreign university collaboration of its kind in India.

On Tuesday, he also met with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, where the two discussed opportunities in a post-Brexit post-Covid world for a stronger partnership between India and the UK.

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