Building India’s global health strategy: Beyond the role of ‘Pharmacist of the world’

As the Covid-19 pandemic began to unfold in February, India’s dependence on Chinese inputs for the production of pharmaceutical products was debated intensely. This special report argues that the narrow discussion has fallen short in capturing India’s crucial role in global health as a provider of health-related goods to many developing countries. The report analyses trade data on over 200 categories of health-related goods, and provides quantitative evidence for the extent of many countries’ health-related import dependence on India. Given this de facto position of India, this report concludes that the current health crisis calls for a comprehensive Indian global health strategy that will allow the country to expand on the existing multilateral system.

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