TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN in New York& |  Photo Credit: ANI
- Extremely grateful for the gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses announced by India for peacekeepers: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
- ‘Appreciate efforts to strengthen COVAX Facility ensuring equitable access to vaccines’
- S Jaishankar handed over 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Maldives
New Delhi: Calling India a global leader in pandemic response efforts, United Nations envoy TS Tirumurti said New Delhi appreciates efforts to strengthen the COVAX facility ensuring equitable access to vaccines.
He further said that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres thanked External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for offering 200,000 COVID vaccine doses for UN Peacekeepers.
Guterres had said he was “extremely grateful” for the gift.
Jaishankar, while addressing the UN Security Council meeting on COVID-19 on Wednesday, had announced a gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for the UN peacekeepers.
“Keeping in mind the UN Peacekeepers who operate in such difficult circumstances, we would like to announce today a gift of 200,000 doses for them,” he had said.
India’s vaccine diplomacy praised
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the UN General Assembly had said that India as the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world would use its “vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all humanity in fighting the coronavirus crisis”.
Jaishankar on Saturday handed over 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and Health Minister Kerafa Naseem.
From international media to world leaders, India is being lavishly praised for its vaccine diplomacy and helping other countries in time of need.
During his phone conversation with PM Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his appreciation towards New Delhi and said if the world manages to conquer COVID-19 then it would be significant because of India’s tremendous pharmaceutical capacity, and PM Modi’s leadership in sharing this capacity with the rest of the world.
If the world manages to conquer Covid, it will be because of India: Trudeau
The government has so far gifted vaccines to its immediate and extended neighbourhood including 20 countries across the world.
Under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme, India has distributed locally made AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Bahrain, Oman, Barbados and Dominica.
Apart from the grant, India has sold out vaccine doses to Bangladesh, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Kuwait and UAE.