India’s collaboration with partner nations has expanded across several sectors, health is the most significant among them. India has arisen as the capital of low-cost generic medicines and affordable vaccines to provide health coverage to those who have, to a great extent, been barred from the formal medical care sector.
India’s commitment with several nations in the health sector has been developing at a fast rate in the areas such as export of high quality low-valued Indian drugs, setting up of manufacturing units and medical care framework in foreign countries, medical treatment, telemedicine, capacity development, conventional medication, and so forth. India currently is one of the world’s largest producers of immunizations.
Amid all the worldwide fuss for COVID immunizations, India approved two COVID-19 immunizations on 3rd January, namely Covishield and Covaxin. They are being administered to the frontline health workers in the nation. Covishield is Oxford-AstraZeneca’s immunization manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII); Covaxin is made by Bharat Biotech and co-created with the Indian Council of Medical Research.
As the fight against COVID-19 arrives at a defining moment, India, in an extraordinary diplomatic initiative, launched the ‘Neighbourly Vaccine Diplomacy’ and donated millions of COVID-19 vaccines to the neighbouring South Asian countries. Free Shipments of the immunization arrived lately in Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Mauritius, and Seychelles; only days after India initiated its nationwide vaccination program.
India provided 2 million dosages to Bangladesh and 1,000,000 dosages to Nepal as a “gift” under its “Neighbourhood First” policy. The country had sent 150,000 dosages of Covishield immunizations to Bhutan and 100,000 dosages to the Maldives. COVID-19 vaccines from India arrived in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, via a special Air India flight on January 28, 2021. Under the Government of India’s #VaccineMaitri initiative, India has gifted 500,000 doses of made in India COVISHIELD vaccines to Sri Lanka.
India intends to provide anywhere between 12 million to 20 million shots to its neighbours in the first phase of support throughout the following three weeks to about a month. Besides, India is likewise assisting with the training of health workers in some of these nations and setting up the infrastructure to direct the shots.
Be it the developed world or the developing world, both are struggling to control the spread of this current pandemic. Providentially, India is equipped with a technical workforce and the ability for quick development and manufacturing scale-up. Lately, Indian companies have been boosting production to meet the exceptional demand for COVID-19 immunizations. The Serum Institute of India has just amassed 80 million dosages of the AstraZeneca immunization and produces 50 million every month. A portion of those immunizations will likewise be given to the World Health Organization-supported COVAX initiative to provide vaccines to needy nations.
India’s assistance amidst a seething pandemic has become the focal point of world pioneers’ appreciation of its speedy dispatch of vaccines to neighbouring South Asian nations. Dr. AK Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, expressed after receiving the consignment. “India had stood by Bangladesh during the (1971) Liberation War, and today, when the pandemic is rattling the world, India again came with gifts of vaccines.”
Hridayesh Tripathi, the Nepalese Minister of Health and Population, stated that India had shown kindness by offering the vaccine in a grant. Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of People’s Majlis (parliament) of Maldives, expressed gratitude toward India for its “gift,” saying that New Delhi has consistently been Male’s first responder and reliable companion.
Thus, in a time of need for the neighbouring countries, India is stepping out to support the world to overcome the pandemic globally and setting as an example in health corporation sector.
By Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Editor
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