In phone call with Justin Trudeau, PM Modi assures COVID vaccine supply to Canada
- During the call, Trudeau informed Modi about Canada's requirements of vaccines from India
- Narendra Modi promised, "India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada"
- The leaders in unison reiterated the need for continued global coordination
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday affirmed to his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau that "India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada."
According to a press release from the Canadian Parliament, in a telephonic conversation, the two leaders spoke about "India's significant efforts in promoting vaccine production and supply, which have provided vital support to countries around the world."
After the call, Narendra Modi tweeted: "Was happy to receive a call from my friend @JustinTrudeau. Assured him that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada. We also agreed to continue collaborating on other important issues like Climate Change and the global economic recovery."
Trudeau went on to laud India and said that if the world manages to conquer COVID-19, it would significantly be because of the country's tremendous pharmaceutical capacity and Prime Minister Modi's leadership in sharing this capacity with the world, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
During the call, Trudeau informed Modi about Canada's requirements of COVID-19 vaccines from India.
The two leaders had an exchange on their respective efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, protect the health and safety of their people, and agreed to work together on access to vaccines.
The leaders in unison reiterated the need for continued global coordination to respond to the pandemic and to promote recovery.
The common interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the importance of working together on geopolitical issues such as climate change, strengthening global trade, and reinforcing the rules-based international order were also discussed during the phone call.
"The leaders discussed Canada and India’s commitment to democratic principles, recent protests, and the importance of resolving issues through dialogue. They underlined the need to work collectively in rebuilding a more sustainable and resilient global economy," the statement from the office of Trudeau said.
The two leaders looked forward to working together at the G7, G20, and other international forums later this year.
India has been one of the largest drugmakers in the world and has extended her hand of help in procuring coronavirus vaccines to numerous countries.
Currently, a massive coronavirus vaccination drive is underway in India under which two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin -- are being administered to frontline health workers across the country.
While Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin is being produced by Bharat Biotech.