‘Hope other countries follow your example’: WHO chief lauds India, Modi

‘Hope other countries follow your example’: WHO chief lauds India, Modi
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Geneva, February 26

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WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dedication for supporting vaccine fairness and sharing Covid vaccines with over 60 countries internationally, hoping that other nations will follow his instance.

In a tweet, Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, stated that India’s assist in supplying its vaccines helps over 60 countries to start the vaccination course of.

“Thanks India & Prime Minister @narendramodi for supporting #VaccinEquity. Your commitment to #COVAX and sharing #COVID19 vaccine doses is helping 60+ countries start vaccinating their #healthworkers and other priority groups. I hope other countries will follow your example,” he stated within the tweet on Thursday.

India on Wednesday dispatched the primary batch of six lakh Covid vaccine doses to the African nation of Ghana beneath the COVAX facility in collaboration with UNICEF, which goals to cowl 92 countries beneath the initiative.

The doses are part of the primary batch of Covid vaccine the nation is buying by means of the Covid Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), which Ghana amongst almost 92 countries have signed into.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on February 12 stated that India had supplied over 229 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines to varied countries out of which 64 lakh doses had been provided as grant help and 165 lakh on business foundation.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated India would proceed to take ahead the worldwide vaccine provide initiative and canopy extra countries in a phased method.

Consignments of coronavirus vaccine doses had been provided as presents to Bangladesh (20 lakh), Myanmar (17 lakh), Nepal (10 lakh), Bhutan (1.5 lakh), the Maldives (1 lakh), Mauritius (1 lakh), Seychelles (50,000), Sri Lanka (5 lakh), Bahrain (1 lakh), Oman (1 lakh), Afghanistan (5 lakh), Barbados (1 lakh) and Dominica (70,000), he stated.

Srivastava stated countries which obtained vaccines on business foundation are Brazil (20 lakh), Morocco (60 lakh), Bangladesh (50 lakh), Myanmar (20 lakh), Egypt (50,000), Algeria (50,000), South Africa (10 lakh), Kuwait (2 lakh) and UAE (2 lakh).

The vaccines are additionally being despatched to even Latin American countries.

India, the most important drug producer on the earth, is at the moment manufacturing two Covid vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin.

While Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in Pune, Covaxin is being produced by Bharat Biotech. PTI

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