New Delhi: India on Tuesday introduced to provide Covid-19 vaccines to as many as six key associate nations from January 20. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in an official assertion stated India has acquired a number of requests for the provision of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key associate international locations. ALSO READ | Who Should Not Take Covaxin Shot? Bharat Biotech Releases Fact-Sheet Amid Concerns Over Side-Effects
“In response to these requests, and in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all of humanity fight the Covid pandemic, supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from 20 January 2021,” the MEA stated, including India is awaiting the affirmation of crucial regulatory clearances in respect of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius.
Asserting that the immunization programme is being carried out in India, as in different international locations, in a phased method to cowl the healthcare suppliers, frontline employees and probably the most weak, the MEA stated: “Keeping in view the domestic requirements of the phased rollout, India will continue to supply Covid-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner.”
“It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad,” the assertion added.
The MEA knowledgeable a coaching programme, masking administrative and operational elements, is being carried out on January 19 and 20 for immunization managers, chilly chain officers, communication officers and knowledge managers of the recipient international locations, each at nationwide and provincial ranges previous to the supply of vaccines.
The MEA stated that India had earlier equipped hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, in addition to diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and different medical provides to a lot of international locations throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“India has also provided training to several neighbouring countries to enhance and strengthen their clinical capabilities, under the Partnerships for Accelerating Clinical Trials (PACT) programme. Separately, several training courses have been organized for healthcare workers and administrators of partner countries under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, sharing our experience in dealing with the pandemic,” the MEA added.
Asserting that India in an ongoing effort will proceed to provide international locations all around the world with vaccines, the MEA stated: “This will be calibrated against domestic requirements and international demand and obligations, including under GAVI’s Covax facility to developing countries.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally stated that provides of Coronavirus vaccines to a number of international locations will begin from Wednesday, including extra will comply with within the days forward. “India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community,” he tweeted.
India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted associate in assembly the healthcare wants of the worldwide group. Supplies of Covid vaccines to a number of international locations will begin tomorrow, and extra will comply with within the days forward. #VaccineMaitri https://t.co/9Czfkuk8h7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2021
India, final week, rolled out world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive below which two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – are being administered to frontline well being employees throughout the nation. While Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield has been manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, Covaxin was produced by Bharat Biotech.