India has supplied 464.29 lakh Made-in-India COVID vaccines to 47 countries as of 4th March, an outreach that has won genuine goodwill for New Delhi in many parts of the world. Of these vaccine doses, 71.25 lakh has been supplied as gift, and 393.04 lakh commercially. The countries that have got India’s vaccines both developed and developing countries, from Africa to the Caribbean to ASEAN and in the neighborhood.
On Wednesday, India-made vaccines reached Canada with the country getting 5,00,000 doses. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India will be sending 1.5 million more doses of Covishield vaccine. In a tweet, India’s envoy to Canada Ajay Bisaria said, “India is proud to support Canada’s vaccination programme as a strategic partner.”
One of India’s significant outreach has been to CARICOM or Caribbean countries like Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Antigua & Barbuda.
Lauding India’s generosity, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said, “PM Narendra Modi has demonstrated perhaps the most significant of benevolence, kindness and certainly of empathy” that “we would have seen in the recent times compared to any act of any other leader globally”, adding, “I have to admit that this is easily one of the most notable acts of benevolence that we have seen in the last 100 years”.
Other Caribbean leaders also thanked India with Barbados PM Mia Amor Mottley tweeting, “PM Modi @narendramodi made it possible for more than 40K persons in Barbados and tens of thousands elsewhere, to receive their 1st dose of COVISHIELD via #VaccineMaitri before receiving his. A genuine demonstration of generosity. Thank you and we wish you continued good health.”
News Source: DNA India