During the lecture of Dr. Hansa Mehta in an interactive session organized on International Women’s Day, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Chief Economist Gita Gopinath on Monday backed the exportation of Covid-19 vaccines to various countries and also said that India has been at the forefront in fighting the coronavirus pandemic since its emergence in 2020. Speaking on India’s vaccination she said, India “really stands out” at its vaccine policy.
“I also want to mention that India really stands out in terms of its vaccine policy. If you look at where exactly is one manufacturing hub for vaccines in the world – that will be India,” said IMF Chief Gita Gopinath.
She also said, “The country has been playing a very important role in helping the world in the global health crisis through its vaccination policies”.
Praising the Serum Institute of India, that produces the maximum numbers of vaccines every year she said, despite the country that grows at 6 percent had shrunk by negative 8 percent has been producing the Covid-19 vaccines that are first delivered to COVAX and then to various other countries in the world.
Earlier in January, Gopinath had also backed the Centre’s three farm laws as she had said, the three farm laws would increase the farmers’ income but the government also needs to safeguard the vulnerable producers of the country.
“These particular farm laws were in the area of marketing. It was widening the market for farmers. Being able to sell to multiple outlets besides the Mandis without having to pay a tax. And this had the potential to raise, in our view, farmers’ incomes,” she had quoted.