NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the 2nd Global COVID Virtual Summit tomorrow at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.

The summit intends to galvanise new actions to address the continued challenges of the COVID pandemic and build a stronger global health security architecture.

The PM will deliver his remarks in the opening session of the summit on the theme ‘Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritising Preparedness’. The session will be live-streamed from 1830 to 1945 hrs.

Other participants are co-hosts of the event – Heads of State/Government of Belize in its capacity as Chair of CARICOM, Senegal as Chair of African Union, Indonesia as President of G20 and Germany as President of G7 respectively. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director-General of the World Health Organisation and other dignitaries would also participate.

Modi had also participated in the first global COVID Virtual Summit hosted by President Biden on 22 September 2021.

India is playing a key role in ongoing global efforts to combat the pandemic by supplying safe and affordable vaccines and medicines, developing low-cost indigenous technologies to test and treat, genomic surveillance, and capacity building for health care workers.

India is also proactively engaged in multilateral fora with the objective of strengthening and reforming the global health security architecture with WHO at its centre.