G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting: Vaccination only lasting solution to COVID-19 challenge, says EAM Jaishankar

EAM Jaishankar attended the meeting through a video conference and deliberated on increasing support for the global vaccine distribution scheme COVAX.

Created On: May 6, 2021 12:16 ISTModified On: May 6, 2021 12:18 IST
G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, Source: Twitter/EAM Jaishankar

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday, May 05, 2021, attended the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London virtually as a careful measure after he was informed of possible exposure to COVID-19.

Jaishankar termed the G7 meeting as interactive and thought-provoking. The minister took it to Twitter to share glimpses of the cyber participation at the G7 Foreign Minister’s Meeting.

A cyber participation at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. So far, yet so near. pic.twitter.com/kjxqi5mwNx

— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 5, 2021

Useful virtual meeting with FM @MarcGarneau of Canada on G7 sidelines. Discussed our respective Covid challenges. Talked about various aspects of our bilateral relationship. Also exchanged views on Myanmar. pic.twitter.com/LNLdy86H8J

— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 5, 2021

G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting: Key Highlights

EAM Jaishankar attended the G7 meeting through a video conference and deliberated on increasing support for the global vaccine distribution scheme COVAX and ensure fair access to vaccine stocks, along with girls’ education, arbitrary detention, and media freedom on the agenda.

Jaishankar said that vaccination is the only lasting solution to the COVID-19 challenge. The global answer involves uninterrupted supply chains, diversified production, and generous resourcing. Jaishankar said, “India will do its part.”

He also touched upon the issue of fake news and digital manipulation. He suggested that personal freedoms and open societies must on guard against fake news and digital manipulation.

He also spoke about how India has embraced Green Growth since 2014 and transformation stories span across Jal Jeevan, LED distribution, Ujjwala, forest cover, and renewable capacity. He also pointed that COP26 will be a test at achieving higher green ambitions.

Jaishankar was thankful to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for inviting India as a guest country to the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting. India, along with Australia, South Africa, South Korea, and the chair and secretary of ASEAN, was invited to the G7 talks as a guest country.

The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting was scheduled to be an in-person affair, however, earlier in the day, Jaishankar was informed of possible exposure to COVID-19 infection when two members of the Indian delegation tested positive. “As a measure of abundant caution & also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode. That will be the case with G7 Meeting today as well,” he tweeted.

Global Dialogue Series: Key highlights  

Earlier in the day, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also addressed a Global Dialogue Series where he said, “Our healthcare system stands exposed.”

He spoke about the current medical oxygen crisis and shared that the second wave of COVID-19 has led to a shortage of medical oxygen for which the businesses have been asked to change their production practices to free up industrial oxygen and convert it into medical oxygen.

He highlighted that the IAF is picking up empty tanks, flying them back so that we save on driving time. “We are running trains to carry reserves of oxygen to population centres. We have been trying to purchase tankers from abroad. That is what my Missions are doing, they are looking for cryogenic tanks, generators, concentrators, he mentioned.

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