PM Modi at Global Covid Summit: highlights traditional drug's role in fighting Covid

NEW YORK: India is boosting its fight against Covid-19 with traditional medicines, despite the fact that about 90% of the adult population has been vaccinated, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "We employed traditional remedies widely in India to enhance our fight against Covid and increase immunity, saving countless lives," he stated on Thursday at the Second Global Covid-19 Summit held by US President Joe Biden.

While the usage of indigenous supplements has sparked debate among some western medical practitioners, Modi noted that they are of international interest. "We established the WHO (Globe Health Organization) Centre for Traditional Medicine in India last month with the goal of making this age-old knowledge available to the rest of the world," he said.  As the death toll from the Covid epidemic in the United States approached one million, Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honour the deceased.

"We're going to fight global health challenges together," he stated at the summit's outset. "This isn't the last one we've had; the question isn't 'if,' but 'when.'" As a result, he stated that the United States will transfer essential Covid technology through the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.

"We're making health innovations owned by the US government available, such as stabilised spike protein, which is utilised in numerous Covid-19 vaccines." Modi's statement went further, underlining India's request for intellectual property rights to be loosened to combat the pandemic. He believes the laws of the World Trade Organization (WTO), particularly TRIPS, should be more flexible.

TRIPS is for the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, and India and South Africa have asked for a temporary waiver from its rules to assist in the production of vaccinations to combat the pandemic.

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