Today, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare addressed the inaugural session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue. The two-day dialogue is being hosted by India at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In the meeting, the Minister put in the foreground the mutual solidarity between both sides during the COVID-19 pandemic, where both sides extended their relentless support. She commended the way in which India and the U.S. have enhanced collaboration in research and development, especially in pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, and vaccine development. She recapitulated the need to focus on the emerging areas to prevent and control infectious diseases relying on well-designed and validated scientific approaches and collaboration between countries to aid in advance scientific discovery and management of global health threats.

Dr. Pawar emphasized the need for both the public and private sector to work together to combine its strength in fighting the inequities of the health systems through innovations. Keeping in mind the MoU signed in 2020 on Mental Health, the Minister accepted enhanced cooperation and strengthened bilateral ties in the health sector between both countries. Reportedly, another MoU between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Republic of India and the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America, in the field of the health sector has been finalized.

In the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue, the officials will likely discuss and evaluate multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries. The issues planned for discussion also encompass areas of concern pertaining to strengthening of epidemiological research and surveillance, vaccine development, One Health, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

The US delegation for the dialogue is led by Ms. Loyce Pace, Director, Office of Global Affairs at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The event also witnessed the presence of Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Balram Bhargava.

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