Vaccine production capacity of India was termed as the “best asset” that the world has today by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday. And mentioned out that India will play a major role in the global vaccination campaign.
Addressing reporters here, the UN chief said, “I know that in India there is a very high level of production of Indian developed vaccines. We are in contact with Indian institutions for that. We strongly hope that India will have all the instruments that are necessary to play a major role in making sure that a global vaccination is campaign is made possible. I think that the vaccine production capacity of India is the best asset that the world has today. I hope the world understands that it must be fully used.”
The statement by the UN chief comes as India has gifted over 55 lakh doses of corona virus vaccine to neighbouring countries. Addressing a weekly briefing, External Affairs Ministry (EAM) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday said India plans to gift vaccine doses to Oman, CARICOM countries, Nicaragua, pacific Island states.
Srivastava said, “There is interest in many countries to access vaccine from India. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that India sees international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic. We have played the role of the first responder in the neighbourhood.”
He added, “From 20th January 2021 onwards, we have gifted over 55 lakh doses of corona virus vaccines to our neighbouring countries and in the extended neighbourhood 1.5 lakh to Bhutan, 1 lakh to Maldives, Mauritius, and Bahrain, 10 lakhs to Nepal, 20 lakhs to Bangladesh, 15 lakhs to Myanmar, 50,000 to Seychelles, 5 lakh to Sri Lanka. In the coming days, we plan to gift further quantity to Oman that is of 1 lakh doses, 5 lakh doses to CARICOM countries, 2 lakh to Nicaragua, 2 lakh doses to the Pacific island state.”
India, Srivastava said, plans to commercially export corona virus vaccine to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Canada, Mongolia, and other countries.