India, US signs two MoUs during the two-day 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021 hosted by India. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya addressed the closing session of Indo-US Health Dialogue.
Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs)
- India’s Health & Family Welfare Ministry and USA’s Department of Health and Human Services signed a MoU for cooperation in the field of Health and Biomedical sciences.
- Another MoU was signed between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) & National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for cooperation with the International Centre for Excellence in Research (ICER).
4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021
- The two-day Dialogue leveraged as a platform to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries.
- The issues related to areas of concern pertaining to strengthening of epidemiological research and surveillance, vaccine development, One Health, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, health systems and health policies etc. were discussed.
Objective of the MoUs
i.To benefit the on-going collaborations in the health sector.
ii.To actively engage with other lndo-Pacific countries on Covid response, vaccine development, sharing of best practice, supply chain management and revival of economies.
iii.To build a strong sustainable healthcare system with skilled healthcare professionals.
iv.To managing health emergencies, supporting digital health and innovation, mental health interventions, research coupled with production related to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines considering India offering its low-cost research network and huge production capacities.
India and medicine
i.India supplies nearly all the world’s high-quality generic medicines and is the largest manufacturer of anti-TB drugs.
ii.Leveraging on this capability, India can supply affordable high-quality medication for patients the world over.
It stands for Indian Council of Medical Research
Headquarters: New Delhi, India
Director General: Balram Bhargava
It stands for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Headquarters: Maryland, United States
Director: Anthony S. Fauci