Gita Gopinath, the Chief economist of the international monetary fund, recently hailed India’s Vaccination Policy and the role played by the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic by supplying vaccines across the world in large numbers. She also spoke about how India really stands out in terms of the vaccination policy and is the one manufacturing hub for vaccines in the world.
Gita Gopinath made these comments in her keynote address at the inaugural lecture of Dr Hansa Mehta on the occasion of International Women’s day. In the memory of the pioneering Indian educator and reformer, the lecture was organized virtually by India’s permanent mission to the UN and The United Nations Academic Impact.
She added that India was hit hard by the pandemic; its economic growth was adversely affected in 2020 but we do see the recovery coming back as the country reopened and thus with that, IMF projected a growth of 11.5% in 2021.
Commenting on the vaccination production capacity of India, Gopinath also mentioned about India being at the forefront of fighting this pandemic because of the Serum Institute that is producing the most number of vaccines.
She also mentioned that India has been providing its neighbors, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar with free vaccines. It also has it is commercial arrangements and COVAX. IMF chief economist concluded with the statement “It’s been playing a very important role in helping the world in this crisis through its vaccination policies.”