India has gifted over 5.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to its neighbours
India will also provide 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Africa and 1 million doses for UN workers
India has gifted over 55 lakh (5.5 million) doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to its neighbouring countries and in the extended neighbourhood since January 20.
India will gift 1 lakh doses to Oman, 5 lakh doses to CARICOM (Carribbean Community) countries, 2 lakh to Nicaragua, and 2 lakh doses to Pacific Island states over the next few days.
In addition to this, India will also supply 10 million doses to Africa and 1 million doses to UN health workers under GAVI's COVAX facility, Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said while providing details during his weekly media briefing today.
The 55 lakh doses that have already been sent as gifts includes 1 lakh doses each to Mauritius and Maldives, 10 lakh to Nepal, 20 lakh to Bangladesh, 15 lakh to Myanmar, 50,000 doses to Seychelles, 5 lakh to Sri Lanka and 1 lakh to Bahrain.
"There is interest in many countries to access vaccines from India. In line with PM's announcement that India's sees international cooperation in fighting the pandemic as its duty, we have played the role of the first responder in the region, in our neighbourhood, as well as reached out to countries beyond," Srivastava said.
The supply of vaccines is based on requests from these countries, he added.
Commercial exports of Covid-19 vaccines have been made to Brazil, Morocco, and Bangladesh. Further supplies on a commercial basis are likely to take place to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Canada, Mongolia and other countries.
"We will continue to supply vaccines to our partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. Decisions on these supplies will be calibrated as per the requirements of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine at home," Srivastava explained.