India is playing a key role in ongoing global efforts to combat the pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Second Global COVID Virtual Summit on Thursday being hosted by US President Joe Biden, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The Summit intends to galvanize new actions to address the continued challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and build a stronger global health security architecture, the MEA said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi will deliver his remarks in the Opening Session of the Summit on the theme ‘Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritizing Preparedness’.

He had also participated in the first Global COVID virtual Summit hosted by President Biden on September 22, 2021.

According to the MEA, 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.

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.

Other participants at the Summit are co-hosts of the event - 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.

Secretary General of the United Nations, Director General of World Health Organization and other dignitaries would also participate, the MEA said.