Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday addressed 26th edition of DST-CII Technology Summit. The DST-CII Technology Summit 2020 was organised by the Department of Science & technology (DST), Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). from December 7 to 9. During his addresses, the Union Health Minister said that over 100 startups have provided innovative products and solutions to overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stating that it was an honour to inaugurate the 26th edition of DST-CII Technology Summit with Portugal as the partner country, the Union Minister said this summit has helped foster India’s vibrant tech ecosystem and forge partnerships with other countries. Vardhan also said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, science has been mankind’s savior. “I am sure deliberations at the Summit on critical areas of healthcare, water, agriculture, food processing and IT will provide novel ideas for harnessing the power of STI for greater social good and achieving SDGs,” he added.

 Speaking about India’s battle against Coronavirus, the Union Minister said that India’s fight against the pandemic has been aided by exceptional efforts of our scientists. Highlighting the support from the government, he said, “We are also leading vaccine development efforts.”