Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
India stands by neighbours in fight against COVID-19, sends vaccines
January 20th, 2021 at 1:55 pm
India stands by neighbours in fight against COVID-19, sends vaccines



by Vinay Kumar in New Delhi


India, the world’s largest drug and vaccine manufacturer, will begin supplies of Indian manufactured Covid-19 vaccines from Wednesday to Bangladesh along with Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles.


The supplies are being taken up under grant assistance to these six countries, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said here.

Announcing the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines to neighbouring and key partner countries, the MEA said the supply of vaccines to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic is being taken up in response to several requests received by the respective governments.

The MEA said the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines is in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all of humanity fight the COVID pandemic. “In respect of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius, we are awaiting their confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances,” it said in a release.

The Ministry noted that immunization programmes are being implemented in India, as in other countries, in a phased manner to cover the healthcare providers, frontline workers and the most vulnerable. 

“Keeping in view the domestic requirements of the phased rollout, India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad,” it said.

Prior to the delivery of vaccines, a training programme, covering administrative and operational aspects, is being conducted for two days till January 20 for immunization managers, cold chain officers, communication officers and data managers of the recipient countries, both at national and provincial levels.

The MEA recalled that India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries during the COVID19 pandemic.

“India has also provided training to several neighbouring countries to enhance and strengthen their clinical capabilities, under the Partnerships for Accelerating Clinical Trials (PACT) programme. Separately, several training courses have been organized for healthcare workers and administrators of partner countries under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, sharing our experience in dealing with the pandemic,” it said. In an ongoing effort, India will continue to supply countries all over the world with vaccines. This will be calibrated against domestic requirements and international demand and obligations, it added.


India launched the vaccination programme against Covid-19 on January 16 and a total of 4.29 lakh people have been vaccinated across the country till Monday.


India reported 580 adverse events following immunisation till Monday. These reactions can be caused by allergies or underlying medical conditions, doctors and experts say.