Nepal and Bangladesh receive COVID-19 vaccines sent by India
Bangladesh and Nepal, on Thursday, received COVID-19 vaccines from India under grant assistance. "Nepal receives Indian vaccines. Putting neighbors first, putting people first," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Twitter. "Touchdown in Dhaka. #VaccineMaitri reaffirms the highest priority accorded by India to relations with Bangladesh," he further tweeted, along with a photograph of Air India flight that carried the consignments to Dhaka.
Nepal receives COVID-19 vaccines under VaccineMaitri
Relation with Bangladesh is of high priority: Jaishankar
India announced COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to 11 nations
Two million doses of Covishield vaccines were sent to Bangladesh, while Nepal was supplied one million doses. On Wednesday, India sent 150,000 doses to Bhutan and 100,000 doses to Maldives. India on Tuesday announced that it will send vaccines under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and Seychelles from Wednesday, and to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Mauritius after confirmation of regulatory clearances.
Will ensure adequate domestic stock before supplying abroad: MEA
India has rolled out a massive coronavirus vaccination drive under which two vaccines, Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield (manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, are being administered to frontline health workers across the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it will ensure that domestic manufacturers have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements before supplying abroad.
India previously supplied other medical drugs to fight COVID-19
India, one of the world's largest drugmakers, has already been approached by many countries for procuring coronavirus vaccines. India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits and other medical supplies to numerous nations to help deal with the pandemic.