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International Travel Should Be Made Easier Through Mutual Recognition Of Vaccine Certificate: PM Modi

On Wednesday, September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirmed international travel should be "made easier" through "mutual recognition of vaccine certificates". "We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic economic effects. To that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates," Modi spoke at the Global COVID-19 Summit received by US President Biden in Washington DC.

Modi is on a four-day US tour to engage in the first in-person summit of Quad leaders. He also spoke about the Co-WIN app and announced over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated.

"India is now running the world's largest vaccination campaign. Recently, we vaccinated about 25 million people on a single day. Our grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far," he said.

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"As newer Indian vaccines get developed, we are also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines. As our production increases, we will be able to resume vaccine supplies to others too. For this, the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open," Modi said.

"This has been enabled through the use of our innovative digital platform called Co-WIN. In the spirit of sharing, India has made Co-WIN and many other digital solutions available freely as open-source software," he added.

Modi's comment comes after India on Tuesday, September 21, raised the matter with the UK over the nation not acknowledging Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine as well as India's vaccination certification process.

India and the UK are currently holding technical-level discussions between the makers of the Co-WIN app and Britain's NHS app regulated by the UK's state-run National Health Service (NHS).

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