India in strong position to develop medical countermeasures for equitable drugs, vaccine distribution: WHO official

Updated: Jun 5 2023 2:23PM

By Payal Banerjee

Hyderabad, Jun 5 (PTI) India is in a strong position to develop an effective medical countermeasures framework involving all nations to ensure drugs, vaccines and diagnostic services equitably reach the needy, said a top WHO official on Monday.

Under its G20 presidency, India has proposed a medical countermeasure coordination platform to effectively deal with challenges of any Covid-like pandemic.

Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director at WHO Health Emergency Programme in Geneva, who is attending the third G20 Health Working Group meeting being held here from June 4 to 6, said the future of health and pandemic preparedness is stronger with the leadership of India in this meeting.