US applauds India for gifting COVID-19 vaccine to several countries
(Sourced from PTI)
Terming India a "true friend" which is using its pharmaceutical sector to help the global community, the United States has applauded New Delhi for gifting COVID-19 vaccines to several countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said earlier that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting the coronavirus crisis.
We applaud India’s role in global health, sharing millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in South Asia. India's free shipments of vaccine began w/Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh Nepal will extend to others. India's a true friend using its pharma to help the global community.— State_SCA (@State_SCA) January 22, 2021
In the last few days, India has sent consignments of domestically produced coronavirus vaccines under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius, and Seychelles. It is also undertaking commercial supplies of the doses to a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, and Morocco. Known as the "pharmacy of the world," India produces 60 percent of vaccines globally.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks also commended India's support to its neighboring countries to fight the pandemic. "I commend India's efforts to help its neighbors by providing them with free COVID-19 vaccines. Global challenges like the pandemic require both regional and global solutions," Meeks said. The US media also praised India's support to the global community in this health crisis.
According to a Washington Post report, India is giving away millions of coronavirus vaccine doses as a tool of diplomacy. "The shipments reflect one of India's unique strengths: It is home to a robust vaccine industry, including Serum Institute of India, one of the world's largest vaccine makers," the report said.
Meanwhile, India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, thanked the State Department for recognizing India's efforts to support the global community to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Quoting Prime Minister Modi, he tweeted late Friday night, "India is deeply honored to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community."