On Saturday India began its coronavirus vaccination drive and more than 1 lakh people were vaccinated on day 1. Now India has planned to ship the vaccines to its neighbor countries as a part of its vaccine diplomacy in a couple of weeks.
India will ship the vaccines to its immediate neighbors like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Mauritius so that these countries can kick start their vaccination drive. Nepal is the latest to ask for the covid vaccine from India. The Myanmar government declared that they had signed up with Serum Institute Of India for vaccines as has Bangladesh. India’s Foreign Minister S.Jaishankar promised Srilankan Government that India will provide vaccines to them.
Apart from India’s neighbors, Brazil is all set to receive 2 million doses of Covershield from India this week. The doses will be transported directly from Mumbai to Rio De Janeiro via a special flight. Also, Japan, South Africa, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Afghanistan have approached India for the vaccines.
Meanwhile, as per the sources, India is not going to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan. The country is relying on Chinese vaccines that are being supplied abroad.
According to the Government sources, all the countries will not be charged more than Indians are paying for the vaccine but first India would ensure that it has enough dose of vaccine for its own needs.
The Congress party has opposed the government’s plan to allow the export of the vaccines, the Congress said the government should not export vaccines without immunizing the entire population of the country.