According to the figures of the Ministry of External Affairs, India has so far supplied 6.45 crore doses outside the country, of which 1.05 crore doses have been given to other countries as free assistance.
A campaign to make more and more people aware of the corona vaccine is also being run in many places. In such a situation, a similar initiative has been seen in the city of Rajkot in Gujarat.
Seth Berkeley, head of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), has said that India can now reduce vaccine supplies to other countries given the growing cases of corona virus. GAVI has expressed this apprehension about the Kovid-19 cases growing in India in the last few days. For the first time in India, more than 1 lakh new Corona cases were reported in one day on Monday. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India has so far supplied doses of about 6.45 crore vaccines to more than 80 countries.
Seth Berkeley, CEO of GAVI, said in an interview, “India ranks first in supplying vaccines in developing countries. Due to the second wave of Corona virus in India, the Indian government has intensified its vaccination campaign and this means that they will need more doses. That is, the number of vaccines they will get to other countries will be reduced now. ”
GAVI is an alliance made under a public-private partnership that works to deliver vaccines to developing countries. It provides vaccines for 50 percent of children around the world. In December last year, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan was also nominated as a member of the board of GAVI. Seth Berkeley went on to say, “We expected that around 9 million vaccine doses (from India) would be available by March-April. But now there is doubt that more will be found, but now it will be less and it will become a problem. “
He said that the biggest challenge right now is access to the vaccine. He said, “But we are in the race because we are seeing that rich countries have started vaccinating their large population. Our hope is that they will also provide their vaccine to the rest of the world. They can also give vaccines that they are not going to use. For example, in the US, it is not only Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines, but it also has Novavax and AstraZeneca. “
India is helping around the world
After providing free vaccine doses to many countries under the ‘Vaccine Friendship’ campaign, India has so far supplied the vaccine to more than 80 countries. According to the figures of the Ministry of External Affairs, India has so far supplied 6.45 crore doses outside the country, of which 1.05 crore doses have been given to other countries as free assistance. India is taking the lead in delivering vaccines worldwide. India had also sent 2 lakh doses of vaccine for UN peacekeepers on 27 March.
India was also one of the implementers of the United Nations’ political manifesto of delivering the Kovid-19 vaccine equally across the world, which was supported by the 180 member countries of the UN. The political declaration of the United Nations says that all countries should have access to safe and effective vaccines so that the corona epidemic will be stopped soon. The announcement raised concerns that despite international agreements and initiatives, the distribution of covid vaccines worldwide is uneven within the country and between countries.
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