UN Peacekeepers receive 200,000 COVID vaccines from India | Daily News

UN Peacekeepers receive 200,000 COVID vaccines from India

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar announced on February 17 that 200,000 doses of the COVID vaccine will be provided to the UN Peacekeepers.

The UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer conveyed her appreciation for this gesture to High Commissioner Gopal Baglay during their pre-scheduled meeting on February 18.

India, known as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’, has almost 25 per cent of the global vaccine manufacturing capacity. Under #VaccineMaitri (Vaccine Friendship), it provided millions of doses of made-in-India vaccine to 25 countries with many of them on grant basis. In addition, 49 more countries belonging to different parts of the world including North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific would also receive vaccine from India soon. India is also a significant source of supply to the COVAX initiative.

India has shown exemplary leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical medicines, ventilators and PPE kits to over 150 countries.

India and Sri Lanka have been cooperating closely in combating the pandemic. India supplied 26 tonnes of medical supplies and also 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as assistance to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the second largest contributor to the COVID-19 SAARC Emergency Fund, which was the brain child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.