India’s vaccine diplomacy on Saturday received appreciation from many countries including the Joe Biden administration, which praised the Center for the decision to send the Covid-19 vaccine to neighboring and friendly countries.
Over the past few days, India shipped 8.5 lakh doses of vaccine to Bhutan (1.5 lakh), Maldives (1 lakh), Bangladesh (20 lakh), Nepal (10 lakh), Myanmar (15 lakh), Seychelles (50,000) and Mauritius (1 lakh) as gifts. The vaccines will also be sent to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan after obtaining approval from the regulatory authorities in each country.
“We applaud India’s role in global health, distributing millions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in South Asia. India’s free vaccine shipments began with the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal and will expand to other countries. India is a true friend who uses its pharmaceuticals to help the global community, ”tweeted the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
We laud India’s role in global health, distributing millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in South Asia. Free vaccine shipments to India commence with the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Nepal & will expand to other countries. India is a true friend who uses its pharmaceuticals to help the global community.
– State_SCA (@State_SCA) January 22, 2021
Apart from prizes, contract supplies were also made to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Two million doses of the Covishield Institut Serum vaccine also landed in Brazil, sent by special plane to transport the doses.
“Namaskar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Brazil is honored to have such a great partner to overcome global barriers by joining in joint efforts. Thank you for helping us with the export of vaccines from India to Brazil. Dhanyavaad,” said Brazilian President Jair M Bolsonaro in a message thank the Prime Minister.
– Namaskar, Prime Minister arenarendramody
– Brazil is honored to have such a great partner to overcome global barriers. Thank you for helping us export vaccines from India to Brazil.
– Dhanyavaad! thank you pic.twitter.com/OalUTnB5p8
– Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) January 22, 2021
Taking into account domestic needs, India’s supply of vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks will be gradual, sources said, adding that the government will ensure that domestic producers have sufficient stocks to meet domestic demand while supplying abroad.
The United Ministry of Health on Saturday completed a two-day training for immunization program managers from 13 foreign countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Seychelles and Sri Lanka – using the Indian language vaccine. . This is a clear signal that some of those who haven’t received the vaccine so far will receive it in the coming weeks.
“There is interest in many countries to access vaccines from India which is a global hub for vaccine production. The Prime Minister has declared India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis, “said an official. .