Prime Minister Narendra Modi has branded the Covid-19 vaccine export transfer as “VaccineMaitri”.

By | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:03 PM IST

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday stated that India believes ‘the world is our family’ and has begun the export of coronavirus vaccines. Bhutan, the Maldives and Bangladesh are among the many first international locations within the neighbourhood to obtain Covid-19 vaccines from India as help, with provides of hundreds of thousands of doses to 6 nations that started on Wednesday.

“The entire world is household for us. We is not going to solely vaccinate the individuals of India, but in addition supply the vaccines to neighbouring countries wherever wanted. If the necessity arises, we’ll present the vaccine to different nations as effectively,” Singh stated whereas addressing the annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally in Delhi. The Union minister additionally lauded the contribution of scientists who helped in growing the Covid-19 vaccines within the nation throughout the brief span of lower than a 12 months.

According to the ministry of exterior affairs, there are additionally plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius, after “confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has branded the transfer as “VaccineMaitri”. “India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community. Supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence tomorrow, and more will follow in the days ahead,” he stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

“In an ongoing effort, India will continue to supply countries all over the world with vaccines. This will be calibrated against domestic requirements and international demand and obligations, including under GAVI’s Covax facility to developing countries,” the overseas ministry stated in a press release earlier this week.

“Nepal receives Indian vaccines. Putting neighbours first, putting people first! #VaccineMaitri” minister of exterior affairs S Jaishankar wrote on Twitter earlier within the day, hours after he confirmed the supply of vaccines to Bangladesh.

India’s grants are a part of plans to offer as much as 10 million doses of each Covidshield and Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech, to pleasant international locations, in response to individuals aware of the event.


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