India starts delivering Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring countries
After a successful start to the COVID vaccination drive in the country, India is now starting another vaccine campaign by delivering vaccination doses to neighbouring countires.
India began its COVID vaccination programme on 16th January and has been successfully running it for the past 4 days. As the count of vaccinated Indians crossed the 5-lakh mark on the fourth day, the centre has urged state governments to address and resolve the “vaccine hesitancy” prevailing in some of the priority groups. The drive, which will soon be reaching the general population, is facing some friction as many opt-out due to hesitancy.
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Meanwhile, the central government is positive regarding the vaccine as India has chosen Maldives and Bhutan as the first two countries to get COVID-19 vaccines imported from India. The consignments will be delivered today (January 20) as the governments of these countries had been informed earlier to set up other facilities to begin the vaccination drive as soon as possible.
Naming the campaign -‘ Vaccine Maitri’, translating to “vaccine friendship”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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. #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. #VaccineMaitri https://t.co/9Czfkuk8h7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2021
Bhutan becomes the first country to receive vaccines from India as a consignment carrying 1,50,000 Indian-made COVID vaccines will reach them on Wednesday. The Maldives will receive a total of 1,00,000 vaccine doses that will cover a major share of their 5,00,000 population. Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Nepal will get their first delivery of vaccines on Thursday while Myanmar and Seychelles will have to wait till Friday for their deliveries.
Apart from providing COVID support and vaccine doses, the central government is also speeding up the lending of Rs 501 crore, the Royal Government of Bhutan had requested. The borrowed money will be used for several projects by the Bhutan government to overcome the many challenges caused by the pandemic. India has already lent financial and physical support to many of its projects.
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