India Can Save Millions of Lives With Free, Universal Availability of Covid Vaccine: Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday that India was able to save millions of lives by adopting a policy of free and universal availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Addressing a Human Rights Day event hosted by the National Human Rights Commission, Kovind said humanity is grappling with the worst pandemic in history.

“While the pandemic is not yet over and the virus appears to have a leg up on humanity, the world has so far responded by trusting science and global partnership,” a- he declared. He said that while the pandemic is affecting humanity universally, it is also being seen to have a disproportionately devastating impact on vulnerable sections of society.

In this context, India, despite the obvious challenges, was able to save millions of lives by adopting a policy of free and universal vaccine availability. With the largest vaccination exercise in history, the government was also able to provide protection against the virus to nearly a billion people, ” he added.

He praised doctors, scientists and all other “coronavirus warriors” for their heroic efforts to defend people’s right to life and health. The President said that in this battle with this invisible enemy there have been multiple setbacks.

“During some of the most difficult times, government institutions have done their best to respond to a situation for which no preparation could have been sufficient,” he said.

He noted that the National Human Rights Commission, “with its deep concern for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups in society affected by the pandemic,” issued several opinions, which have helped improve the response.

“The NHRC has worked with other stakeholders, including civil society, the media and individual activists, to strengthen human rights,” he said.

The President said the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is “equality”.

He said equality is the very soul of human rights.

While non-discrimination is the first condition for absolute respect for human dignity, the world is plagued by countless prejudices. They unfortunately hinder the full realization of the potential of individuals and are therefore not in the interest of society as a whole. Human Rights Day is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect collectively and find ways to overcome these prejudices which only hinder the progress of humanity, ” he said.

Kovind said that on this day the world should also debate and discuss the “Right to a healthy environment and climate justice”. Expressing his concern at the degradation of nature leading to irreversible climate change, he said: ” We are already witnessing its harmful impact. ” ‘The world is waking up to the harsh reality, but it remains to build the resolve to bring about decisive change. We owe it to our children to save Mother Nature from the worst effects of industrialization. Time is running out, ”he said.

He stressed that India has taken initiatives in his country as well as during the recent world climate conference, which would go a long way in restoring the health of the planet. “India’s leadership in the International Solar Alliance and a series of measures to promote green energy are particularly commendable,” he said.

NHRC President Judge Arun Mishra also recognized India’s contribution to humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic. He considered affordable health coverage for all to be a facet of the right to life.

“The global community must take swift collective action to ensure that the right of patent holders must succumb to the right to life,” he said.

Judge Mishra said the recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to ensure a more inclusive society, in which even small sellers do not starve and the digital divide is overcome.

He stressed that the state is obliged to provide facilities to achieve minimum standards of health, education and economic opportunity.

Each individual should share power, materials, resources and opportunities without discrimination to achieve a harmonious society. Tolerance and inclusion are non-negotiable human rights, ” he added.

He said there is a need to provide redress to the victims of the unjust economic structure and business-related human rights violations.

“In addition, all individuals have the minimum right to a healthy, clean and safe environment,” he said.

The NHRC chief said the fundamental duty of people is to proactively safeguard the environment, forests, flora and fauna in order to strengthen national climate policy.

He said freedom of expression is the most cherished value and the fundamental right to be protected.

“However, the extent of cyberspace freedom both online and offline is a matter of debate, as it has fueled a serious apprehension of its misuse, violating the sovereignty, integrity of the country, order public, decency and morality, ”he said. noted.

While noting that the rule of law demands swift justice, he said it is necessary to avoid the imprisonment of a suspect without trial.

There is no room for bogus dating. The government is accountable to its people. The functioning of the Commission is to fill in the gaps, to iron out the folds and to contribute to good governance by proposing motions, ” he added.

Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, said India is a staunch defender of human rights, which has been reflected in many ways, especially in the strong democratic institutions it has established. in place.

He also read the message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Human Rights Day. The UN Secretary General said in his message that the United Nations “will continue to work for justice, equality, dignity and human rights for all”. PTI SLB SMN SMN

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