World leaders thank India for gifting vaccines and saving lives, livelihood
So far 25 countries have received vaccines from India forty nine more countries are in the queue to get India made vaccines
With consignments of India made vaccines reaching far flung corners of the world and helping the people in fighting the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, heads of state and government of several countries have heaped praises on New Delhi for the timely supply of the Serum Institute of India produced Covishield vaccines.
President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government of India for being a partner in securing lives and livelihood of Afghanistan people.
“The solidarity that India has demonstrated is an indication of both our deep historical relationship and promise of two democracies in working in this region together. Let me thank PM Modi and the government of India for this exceptional act of solidarity and generosity,” the Afghan President said.
“India, the world’s largest democracy and the largest producer of vaccines, not only provided the house of Parliament of Afghanistan and the dams that are the pride of this country but also partners with us in terms of securing our lives and livelihood,” Ghani added.
Afghanistan has begun the inoculation drive with 500,000 doses of Serum Institute of India produced Covishield vaccines, gifted by New Delhi earlier this month.
Earlier Seychelles President, Wavel Ramkalawan expressed his gratitude towards Prime Minister Modi and the government of India for making Seychelles, the first African country to which India gifted Covishield vaccine.
“I thank Prime Minister Modi and the government of India for making us the first African nation to which India has donated the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. We can give this vaccine to all our population, including those who are above 60 years,” the Seychelles President said in his State of the Nation address in the island country’s National Assembly on January 22. India provided 50,000 doses of vaccine to Seychelles in January.
Similarly, Oman, another recipient of India gifted vaccines, lauded India’s wonderful gesture stating that today, the South Asian country has demonstrated to the world that it cares for the control of the pandemic worldwide.
Mexico, which received 8,70,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, thanked the Prime Minister and the Indian government for clearing the export of the vaccine. Mongolia also lauded India for gifting 150,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
Symbolic of India’s robust partnership with Indian Ocean countries, Jaishankar on a state visit to Maldives and Mauritius handed over Indian made vaccines.
On February 20, Jaishankar handed 100,000 vaccines as gift to the Indian Ocean country.
Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid thanked India for the “generous gift” of 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines adding that the two countries would overcome the COVID-19 pandemic together.
“Additional 100,000 doses of hope! Thankyou to the people of India for this generous gift. Delighted to accept, with Health Minister Naseem, on behalf of Government & people of the Maldives! Together, we will overcome #Covid19! Together, we will succeed,” the Maldivian Foreign Minister tweeted.
Already heads of government from Brazil, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and others have praised India profusely for generously providing vaccines to them.