MEA Organizes Briefing Sessions related to COVID with the heads of diplomatic missions and intl organizations

Nov 06: The Ministry of External Affairs organized a briefing session on COVID-19 related issues for diplomatic missions and international organizations in New Delhi on 6 November 2020. More than 190 heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations and their representatives participated in the briefing.

Since March 2020, India has proactively engaged with its partner countries in our joint fight against COVID-19 by supplying medicines, diagnostic kits, and medical equipment as well as by organizing online training programs for testing and case management. As its vaccine development program progressed, India organized training programs on clinical trials for neighboring countries in which nearly 90 experts from 8 countries participated. We stand ready to expand these cooperation programs with the neighboring and other interested countries.

In today’s briefing, the participants were briefed by Dr. Vinod K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog; Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India; Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan; Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology; Dr. Shekhar Mande, Director General of Council for Scientific & Industrial Research; and Shri Abhishek Singh, President & CEO of E-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Foreign Secretary Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla also attended the briefing.

Participants were briefed on India’s management of COVID-19, its vaccine development program, software and related issues of vaccine delivery system, and international cooperation. It was conveyed that MEA would organize a tour of heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations to Pune where they can visit the institutions engaged in COVID-19 related research and vaccine development programs.

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