India has produced and provided over 4.64 crores made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine doses to over 47 countries as of Thursday, March 4th, 2021. Many world leaders thanked India and PM Modi as regards.
Of these, 71.25 lakh doses have been supplied as gifts, while over 3.93 crores have been traded commercially.
The list of countries that received vaccines includes both developing and developed countries, from Africa to the Caribbean to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations and the neighborhood also.
Canada received 5 lakh doses of corona vaccine till Wednesday 3rd March 2021. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India will be sending 1.5 million more extra of the Covishield vaccine doses. In a tweet, India’s representative to Canada Ajay Bisaria wrote, “India is proud of supporting Canada’s vaccination program as a decisive partner.“
One of India’s significant outreach has been to Caribbean countries like Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Antigua, and Barbuda.
Praising India’s generosity, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne responded,
“PM Narendra Modi has demonstrated perhaps the most significant of kindness, compassion, and certainly of insight that we would have seen in the recent times compared to any act of any other leader in the world“.
“I have to admit that this is simply one of the most 0distinguished acts of kindness that we have seen in the last 10 decades,”
Prime Minister Gaston Browne appended.
PM Mia Amor Mottley well wished Indian PM for the vaccines:
Other Caribbean leaders also appreciated India’s step with Barbados, PM Mia Amor Mottley tweeted,
“PM Modi made it viable for more than 40,000 people in Barbados and tens of thousands elsewhere, to receive their 1st Covishield dose via ‘Vaccine Maitri‘. A true exhibit of generosity. Thank you, and we wish you sustained good health.”
Caribbean countries gave special thanks to India in a resolution affirmed by the Organisation of American States (OAS), which is a group of 34 countries including the US, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina.
CARICOM’s envoy to the OAS permanent council, Ambassador Ronald Sanders said, “India has manifested that it is a nation who cares for everybody and is a great example to the world in global cooperation at a time of crisis. Moreover, India has not attempted to extract any conditions for its hospitality to countries that have no vaccines. The Caribbean will remember India with great gratitude.”
Indian High Commissioner Dr. KJ Srinivasa to the CARICOM Secretariat, said, “India is the first country who played its role as the first responder during global crises and as the ‘pharmacy for the world’ is now recognized throughout the world and this ‘Vaccine Maitri‘ will go a long way in the future helping India to play the role of a world leader.”
11 countries along with 10 from Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Congo, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, and one from ASEAN, Cambodia, have received made in India vaccine following the COVAX facility, and all of India’s neighbors except Pakistan have been supplied with vaccines from New Delhi.
Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh began their vaccination drive accepting made-in-India vaccines:
Last week, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani said, “India is one of the world’s largest democracy and the largest producer of vaccines of any form, not only equipped the house of Parliament of Afghanistan and the dams that are the dignity of this country but also associates with us in terms of ensuring our lives and livelihood.”
India had started its mega domestic vaccination in the month of January 2021 and since then more than 1.66 crore vaccination doses have been given to frontline workers successfully. And now, the vaccination process for people above the age of 60 and people above 45 (having irresistible illnesses) is being done.
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