Under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, the Made-in-India vaccines were sent to Jamaica earlier this month

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government for donating Covid-19 vaccines to Jamaica. The Jamaican cricketer is the second player from his team after Andre Russell to thank India for sending 50,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to the Caribbean nation.

“PM Modi, the Government of India and the people of India, I want to thank you all for your donation of the vaccine to Jamaica. We appreciate it,” Gayle said in a 16-second video tweeted by the Indian High Commission in Jamaica. The West Indies batsman also met Indian High Commissioner R. Masakui at the High Commission on Thursday.

“The Universe Boss! @henrygayle called on High Commissioner R. Masakui at @hcikingston today. He thanked #India for gifting the #COVID19 Vaccines to #Jamaica and shared how much he loves being in India. @hcikingston wishes Chris Gayle all the very best for @IPL 2021,” tweet showing pictures of Masakui and Chris Gayle having a candid chat at the High Commission.

On Wednesday, Gayle's teammate Andre Russell posted a video message thanking India for sending coronavirus vaccines to his country.

“I just want to say a big, big, big thank you to Prime Minister Modi and the India High Commission. The vaccines are here and we are excited. I would love to see the world going back to normal. Jamaica people really appreciate it and just to show that we are more than close, India and Jamaica are now brothers. I appreciate it and stay safe over there. Peace,” he had said.

Earlier, this month Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness had expressed deep appreciation for India after Made-in-India vaccines reached the Caribbean nation.

“I am extremely pleased to report that yesterday afternoon, we received our first shipment of 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Government of India. We express our deep appreciation to the Government and people of India for this very much-needed support,” the Jamaican Prime Minister said.