India calls for affordable access to medicines

NEW DELHI, Mar 31:

India has called for working towards creating a global framework for further enhancing affordable access to medicines for fighting pandemics and facilitating easier movement of health professionals across national borders.
In his Interventions at the meeting of the Trade and Investment Ministers of the G20 countries, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday stressed on the need to uphold our multilateral commitments and improve upon its effectiveness to meet current challenges.
Mr Goyal said despite many challenges, India has been a dependable and affordable source of efficacious and high quality medical and pharma products to nearly 190 countries around the world.
”We are confident that with improved regulatory and R&D cooperation, India can further enhance its capabilities to serve the world in crisis like this. We must ensure that suitable instruments stay in place to address these inabilities and preserve the life, livelihood, food and nutritional security of the poorest,” he said.
The Minister expressed solidarity with the world and expressed India’s support to all frontline health professionals, sanitation workers and all those involved in maintaining essential services to fight the pandemic. He said that the Developing countries and LDCs are particularly vulnerable as they may not have matching resources, infrastructure and technical capacities to face this unprecedented pandemic, according to an official statement on Tuesday.
Mr Goyal said that such unprecedented challenges necessitate innovative, collaborative and proactive response from the world. ”Our collective act must reflect and uphold the centrality of the rules based multilateral system with development at the centre of any action in trade as well as other areas.
He stressed on ensuring that global trade acts as an instrument for the well-being and prosperity of one and all, that it enables nations both to look after their own citizens as well as assist others whenever the need arises, that it leads humanity towards a common sustainable future in line with our commitments to SDG 2030. The Trade and Investment Ministers of the G20 and guest countries have decided to keep their markets open, and ensure smooth and continued operation of the logistics networks. (PTI)