Indians too joined WHO in S-E Asia region 'powerhouse for developing Corona Vaccine
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has arranged a conference of vaccine manufacturers and national regulators in the South East Asia area as the world awaits a Covid-19 vaccine.
The country is a "vaccine manufacturing powerhouse" with "the consistency and size needed to manufacture and carry out a Covid-19 vaccine globally," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO's South-East Asia regional director.
"It will now also take a leading role in resolving the pandemic that is going on," she added.
Countries like China and the US are driving the global vaccination effort but the nations of South-East Asia are not far behind.
"At the virtual conference, leading manufacturers from India, Indonesia and Thailand addressed timelines and production efficiency, while regulatory bodies addressed the changes required in processes to render Covid-19 vaccines accessible as soon as possible," read a statement from the WHO.
"India, Indonesia and Thailand are among the largest producers of vaccines in the world. Every day, vaccines manufactured in these three countries offer life-saving security to millions of citizens of all ages," it said.
The UN agency has emphasized the various measures to be taken before a Covid-19 vaccine can be implemented on a wide scale, from experiments to delivery, as well as post-marketing planning surveillance.