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WHO chief Ghebreyesus thanks Prime Minister Modi for his “continued support” of the global response to Covid-19 | India News

GENEVA: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued support of the global response to Covid-19 and said acting together, including sharing knowledge, will help fight the novel coronavirus. .
India announced this week that it will ship Covid-19 vaccines under a grant to Sri Lanka and seven other countries: Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles, Afghanistan and Mauritius.
Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives have already received Covid-19 vaccines from India thanks to a grant in line with their “Neighborhood First” policy.
“Thank you India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your continued support of the global response to Covid-19. Only if we act together, including knowledge sharing, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods,” Ghebreyesus tweeted, director. General of the World Health Organization.
Prime Minister Modi has said that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that last week India was willing to do everything possible for a healthy planet.
On January 19, India announced its vaccine assistance grant to neighboring countries. A day later, 1.5 lakhs of vaccines were supplied to Bhutan and one lakh of doses to the Maldives as a grant. More than 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were provided to Bangladesh and 1 million doses to Nepal.
India, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, has already launched a massive coronavirus vaccination campaign using two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin.
Covishield has been developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford and is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. Covaxin is a indigenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research.
India began commercial exports on Friday and shipped two million doses of the domestically made Covishield vaccine to Brazil.
India has made contractual supplies of coronavirus vaccines to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Foreign Ministry in New Delhi said on Friday.
Several countries have already approached India to purchase coronavirus vaccines.
Previously, India had supplied hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries to help them cope with the pandemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the current number of Covid-19 cases and deaths globally stood at 98,129,394 and 2,105,056, respectively.

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