The Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "continued support to the global Covid-19 response". We can defeat the virus only if we continue acting together, including sharing of knowledge, said Ghebreyesus.
"Thank you, India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your continued support to global Covid-19 response. Only if we act together, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods", tweeted the WHO chief.
Thank you #India and Prime Minister @narendramodi for your continued support to the global #COVID19 response. Only if we #ACTogether, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) January 23, 2021
Under grant assistance, India announced that it shall send Covid-19 vaccines its neighbouring countries, including Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. In sync with its "Neighbourhood First” policy, some of these countries have already received India's Covid-19 vaccines.
Prime Minister Modi has said India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said last week India was ready to do everything possible for a healthy planet.
On January 19, India announced its grant assistance of vaccines to the neighbouring countries. A day after, 1.5 lakh doses of vaccines were supplied to Bhutan and one lakh doses to the Maldives as grant assistance. Over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were provided to Bangladesh and 1 million doses to Nepal.
India, one of the world's biggest drugmakers, has already rolled out a massive coronavirus vaccination drive using two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin.
Covishield has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Covaxin is an indigenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research.
India on Friday began commercial exports and sent two million doses of domestically manufactured Covishield vaccine to Brazil.
India has undertaken contractual supplies of coronavirus vaccines to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi on Friday.
Several countries have already approached India for procuring the coronavirus vaccines.
Earlier, India had supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries to help them deal with the pandemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the current global COVID-19 caseload and death toll stood at 98,129,394 and 2,105,056, respectively.
With PTI inputs