New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought Australia’s support for the initiative taken at the WTO by India and South Africa to seek a temporary waiver under TRIPS for affordable and equitable access to vaccines and medicines for containing Covid-19 globally. In a phone conversation, Modi and his counterpart Scott Morrison agreed on the need to tame the pandemic worldwide by ensuring vaccine availability.
“Modi conveyed his appreciation for the prompt and generous support extended by the government and people of Australia for India’s fight against the second wave of Covid-19,” said the government in a statement.
The two leaders took note of the progress made in the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since the virtual summit held on June 4, 2020 and discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation and foster people-to-people ties, it said. They also discussed regional issues and reiterated the importance of working together for a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.