The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Global Innovation Summit of the Pharmaceuticals sector. Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya was present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that the pandemic has brought the Pharmaceuticals sector into sharp focus. Whether it is a lifestyle, or medicines, or medical technology, or vaccines, every aspect of healthcare has received global attention over the last two years. In this context, the Prime Minister said that the Indian pharmaceutical industry has also risen to the challenge. “The global trust earned by the Indian healthcare sector has led to India being called the “pharmacy of the world” in recent times”, Shri Modi said.
The Prime Minister elaborated that “our definition of wellness is not limited by physical boundaries. We believe in the well-being of the entire humankind. And, we have shown this spirit to the whole world during the Covid-19 global pandemic”. During the pandemic, “we exported lifesaving medicines and medical equipment to over 150 countries during the initial phase of the pandemic. We have also exported more than 65 million doses of Covid vaccines to nearly 100 countries this year”, The Prime Minister informed.
The Prime Minister envisioned creating an ecosystem for innovation that will make India a leader in drug discovery and innovative medical devices. He said policy interventions are being made based on wide consultation with all stakeholders. The Prime Minister noted that India has a large pool of scientists and technologists with the potential to take the industry to greater heights. “This strength needs to be harnessed to “Discover and Make in India”, he added.