US praises India for sharing coronavirus vaccine with neighbours

New Delhi: The US has praised India for sharing millions of coronavirus doses of vaccine in South Asia. It described New Delhi as a true friend for the global community.

The State Department said India has supplied COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in the country to neighbouring countries despite political pressure from the Congress party. India has supplied vaccine doses to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Large consignments of Covishield vaccine doses were flown in special Indian aircraft to Seychelles, Mauritius and Myanmar on Friday.

India on January 19 announced its grant assistance of vaccines to the neighbouring countries. On January 20, 1.5 lakh doses of vaccines were supplied to Bhutan and one lakh doses to the Maldives as grant assistance.

On Thursday, New Delhi supplied 10 lakh doses to Nepal and 20 lakh doses to Bangladesh and on Friday, large consignments of Covishield were flown in special Indian aircraft to Seychelles, Mauritius and Myanmar.

Anurag Srivastava, the MEA spokesperson, in his weekly briefing said that contractual supplies are also being undertaken to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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