In India, authorities have sent thousands of doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the Maldives and Bhutan. These are his first exports.
The Maldives would receive “as a gift“100,000 doses
Faced with the rapid spread of the pandemic of coronavirus, theIndia sent, on Wednesday January 20, its first vaccines against the Covid-19. The Indian government has stated that Maldives would receive “as a gift“100,000 doses of Covishield.
This vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca-Oxford, is produced by Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, notes Le Figaro. According to the authorities, the Bhutan must also take delivery of its 150,000 doses of the same vaccine before Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and Seychelles.
A very long list of countries waiting for the vaccine
In total, theIndia intends to offer some 20 million doses to its neighbors, reports the agency Bloomberg, last week. Many countries around the world are on the very long list of nations awaiting vaccine. Among others, we can mention Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Mauritius, or Brazil and South Africa. Other countries of Latin America, Africa and the former Soviet republics are behind them.
To strengthen his’soft power‘
According to observers, this Indian policy aims to strengthen its’soft power‘, against its big rival, China, which also supplies vaccines abroad.
On his Twitter account, the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, confirmed that “the world’s pharmacy will take up the challenge of Covid-19“. The vaccination campaign against coronavirus was launched last Saturday in this country of 1.3 billion people.
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