Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today digitally chaired the 148th session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization through video conference. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that COVId-19 vaccines are being successfully produced across many countries and digital technologies are being adopted. He said, all this is combining to raise hopes of a new era of progress. 

He said, while the year 2020 is described as the year of science, the Year 2021 shall be the year of global solidarity and survival and it will be the harbinger of a Decade of Action. He said, this year, we will see intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, using enhanced scientific knowledge and best practices.
The Health Minister said, the recent breakthroughs on COVID-19 vaccines offer a ray of hope and it should reach everyone. He said, we must ensure fair and equitable distribution of the COVID vaccines. He said, as the global public health leaders, this platform of the World Health Organization Executive Board is extremely important as it enables us to set the directions and agenda to continue striving for our objective of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the solidarity and cooperation that has defined our work for seven decades has been central to the COVID-19 response.

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