India gifted over 55 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to its neighbours since Jan 20
India has gifted over 55 lakh doses of COVID 19 vaccines to its neighbours and extended neighbourhood since the 20th of January this year. This includes 1.5 lakh doses to Bhutan, 1 lakh to Maldives, 10 lakh to Nepal, 20 lakh to Bangladesh, 15 lakh to Myanmar, 1 lakh to Mauritius, 50 thousand to Seychelles, 5 lakh to Sri Lanka and 1 lakh to Bahrain.
Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said these supplies are based on requests from these countries. Over the next few days, India plans to gift further quantities of 1 lakh doses to Oman, 5 lakh to CARICOM countries, 2 lakh to Nicaragua and 2 lakh to Pacific Island states.
Mr Srivastava said there is interest in many countries in accessing vaccines from India. In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement that India sees international cooperation in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as its duty, the country has played the role of the first responder in the neighbourhood as well as undertaken supplies to countries beyond.
Commercial exports have taken place to Brazil, Morocco and Bangladesh. Further commercial supplies are likely to reach Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Canada, and Mongolia. Further, India is going to supply 1 crore doses to Africa and 10 lakh doses to UN health workers under GAVI’s COVAX facility.
Mr Srivastava said India’s external supplies, whether as gifts or on a commercial basis, are based on domestic availability, licensing issues and regulatory approvals in the countries concerned. He said India will continue to supply vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. He added that decisions on these supplies will be calibrated against the requirements of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine at home.