WHO meeting, Jan 27: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan has said that the world is on the verge of defeating Coronavirus and that 2020 was the year of coronavirus vaccines discovery.

Harsh Vardhan chaired the 148th session of WHO Executive Board through video conference and said, “Allow me to thank the member nations that despite the wide disparity in their epidemiological trends, we are on the verge of defeating the pandemic by adopting a pre-emptive, proactive and collaborative strategy.”

If 2020 was the year of discovery for COVID vaccines, 2021 will be the year we face the challenge of getting it to people across the world who most need it. Here is the big role that we at WHO must play,” Vardhan said while chairing the WHO meeting.

He also said that the past year 2020 has been the ‘Year Of Science‘ when the best of humanity has shone through the gloom that descended upon us as we are defeating Coronavirus pandemic.

The situation demanded setting up of major global collaborations so that scientists could share their expertise,” noted Harsh Vardhan.

On the post-COVID19 situation, he said, “The post-COVID world will be filled with challenges.”

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He added that all these challenges, such as the present pandemic, demand a shared response because these are shared threats requiring shared responsibility to act and, of course, this shared responsibility is also the core philosophy of the alliance of member nations that comprise the WHO.