NEW DELHI 23 January 2021: India will begin commercial shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to Saudi Arabia soon, the Ministry of External Affairs here announced.
Among other Arab countries which have asked for vaccines from India is Morocco and supplies to Rabat will also start soon. “Contractual supplies are being undertaken to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Anurag Srivastava, Spokesman for the Ministry, said at a briefing on India’s vaccine cooperation with the international community.
Such cooperation is based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting the pandemic crisis caused by Coronavirus, said Wam.
“There is interest in many countries in accessing vaccines from India which has become the global hub for vaccine production,” Srivastava said. Following Modi’s policy, India embarked on sending vaccines to neighbouring countries as part of its aid on 20th January.
“On the first day, 150,000 doses of vaccines were sent to Bhutan as assistance and 100,000 doses to Maldives, also as assistance. Yesterday, supplies of one million doses to Nepal and two million doses to Bangladesh were undertaken. Today, consignments of 1.5 million doses for Myanmar, 100,000 doses to Mauritius and 50,000 doses to Seychelles are being airlifted,” according to the Ministry Spokesman.
He said similar assistance to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan is being worked out. “It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad. These will be both as gifts as well as on commercial basis.”
93,004 doses of Covid19 vaccine administered
The Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced that 93,004 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours.
The total number of doses provided up to today stands at 2,339,073 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 23.65 doses per 100 people.
MoHAP also conducted 170,694 additional tests and announced 3,552 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 270,810.
According to the ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.
MoHAP also announced 10 deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 776.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.
MoHAP also noted that an additional 3,945 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 243,267.