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Free shipments of AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, government sources said on Thursday, drawing praise from its neighbours and pushing back against China’s dominating presence in the region.



Free shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Myanmar and the Seychelles are next in line to get free consignments as India uses its strength as one of the world’s biggest makers of generic drugs to build friendships.

“The government of India has shown goodwill by providing the vaccine in grant. This is at the people’s level, it is the public who are suffering the most from COVID-19,” said Nepal’s Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi.

The gesture comes at a time that India’s ties with Nepal have been strained by a territorial dispute and Indian concern over China’s expanding political and economic influence in the Himalayan nation sandwiched between the Asian giants.

China, which had promised Nepal help to deal with the pandemic, is awaiting Nepali clearance for its Sinopharm shots.

“We’ve asked them to submit more documents and information before we give them the approval,” said Santosh K.C., spokesman for Nepal’s department of drug administration.

CHINESE RIVALRY


Bangladesh was supposed to get 110,000 doses of vaccine free from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, but Bangladesh refused to contribute towards the development cost of the vaccine leading to deadlock.

Bangladesh has instead turned to India for urgent supplies and on Thursday was due to receive 2 million shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from India.


“India is making the AstraZeneca vaccine which makes all the difference. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated temperatures and countries like Bangladesh have that facility,” a Bangladesh health official said.

Meanwhile India’s arch-rival Pakistan on Thursday thanked China, its close strategic ally, for a pledge to provide half a million doses of the vaccine free of charge by the end of the month.

India for years has struggled to match the pace of Chinese investment in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, where China is building ports, roads and power stations as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.


But the demand for vaccines in these countries desperate to revive their tourism-dependent economies has offered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a way to claw back ground, diplomats say.

India is considering giving away anything from 12 million to 20 million shots to its neighbours in the first wave of assistance over the next three to four weeks, one government source said.

India is also helping with the training of health workers in some of these countries and the setting up of the infrastructure to administer the shots, the source said.

“It’s a well-crafted, calibrated series of actions you are seeing, they confirm the validity of our ‘neighbourhood first’ policy,” said a former Indian ambassador, Rajiv Bhatia.

“It plays to our strengths in science and pharma, and this is our moment to shine.”

Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani and Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu; Additiional reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Umar Farooq in Islamabad; Editing by Robert Birsel and Gareth Jones

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Free shipments of AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, government sources said on Thursday, drawing praise from its neighbours and pushing back against China’s dominating presence in the region.



Free shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Myanmar and the Seychelles are next in line to get free consignments as India uses its strength as one of the world’s biggest makers of generic drugs to build friendships.

“The government of India has shown goodwill by providing the vaccine in grant. This is at the people’s level, it is the public who are suffering the most from COVID-19,” said Nepal’s Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi.

The gesture comes at a time that India’s ties with Nepal have been strained by a territorial dispute and Indian concern over China’s expanding political and economic influence in the Himalayan nation sandwiched between the Asian giants.

China, which had promised Nepal help to deal with the pandemic, is awaiting Nepali clearance for its Sinopharm shots.

“We’ve asked them to submit more documents and information before we give them the approval,” said Santosh K.C., spokesman for Nepal’s department of drug administration.

CHINESE RIVALRY


Bangladesh was supposed to get 110,000 doses of vaccine free from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, but Bangladesh refused to contribute towards the development cost of the vaccine leading to deadlock.

Bangladesh has instead turned to India for urgent supplies and on Thursday was due to receive 2 million shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from India.


“India is making the AstraZeneca vaccine which makes all the difference. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated temperatures and countries like Bangladesh have that facility,” a Bangladesh health official said.

Meanwhile India’s arch-rival Pakistan on Thursday thanked China, its close strategic ally, for a pledge to provide half a million doses of the vaccine free of charge by the end of the month.

India for years has struggled to match the pace of Chinese investment in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, where China is building ports, roads and power stations as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.


But the demand for vaccines in these countries desperate to revive their tourism-dependent economies has offered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a way to claw back ground, diplomats say.

India is considering giving away anything from 12 million to 20 million shots to its neighbours in the first wave of assistance over the next three to four weeks, one government source said.

India is also helping with the training of health workers in some of these countries and the setting up of the infrastructure to administer the shots, the source said.

“It’s a well-crafted, calibrated series of actions you are seeing, they confirm the validity of our ‘neighbourhood first’ policy,” said a former Indian ambassador, Rajiv Bhatia.

“It plays to our strengths in science and pharma, and this is our moment to shine.”

Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani and Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu; Additiional reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Umar Farooq in Islamabad; Editing by Robert Birsel and Gareth Jones

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Honestly that is good of them.
 

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India, the force of good in the world.
Every country should evaluate their contribution to the world or you are just a organism consuming resources.
 

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These nations mentioned do not have much choice either.
So in that sense, India offer is good whether the motive is political or not although it is also true India needs it more than them. :coffee:
 

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Probably has a lot of side effects if they are not buying it for their citizens.
Who said GoI is not buying these for it's citizens? The two vaccines being administered to Indian citizens are Oxford-Astrazeneca's Covishield which is manufactured by Serum Institute of India which is also the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and the other being Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech's Covaxin
Agree with only the Gujarat riots. Others are debatable and in some cases good.
There's no reason to respond to trolls. Report and move on
 

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Well, GAVI really could sponsor vaccines for the entire world, it'll be much easier to get rid of the virus. There will still be countries where Corona will not be eradicated and it will mutate into even dangerous forms.
 

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India, the force of good in the world.
Every country should evaluate their contribution to the world or you are just a organism consuming resources.
Truly selfless India, still exporting food when their own people have 20% lower calories than Chinese, still exporting beef when their own people can't eat beef, still exporting rice when 5 million starve to death.
 

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Serum institute of India has been contracted to supply 1 billion doses by biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca . At around 3 to 5 dollars per dose , pretty good sales for a single vaccine type. Remember serum institute already controls 60 % of the world's vaccine supply from the old vaccines.
Why didnt Pakistan also enter into the research and manufacturing of similar products ?
You could be standing on your own feet instead of awaiting aid from China and other agencies.
 

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Serum institute of India has been contracted to supply 1 billion doses by biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca . At around 3 to 5 dollars per dose , pretty good sales for a single vaccine type. Remember serum institute already controls 60 % of the world's vaccine supply from the old vaccines.
Why didnt Pakistan also enter into the research and manufacturing of similar products ?
You could be standing on your own feet instead of awaiting aid from China and other agencies.
You are literally getting aid from COVAX :lol::lol:

 

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Free shipments of AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, government sources said on Thursday, drawing praise from its neighbours and pushing back against China’s dominating presence in the region.



Free shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Myanmar and the Seychelles are next in line to get free consignments as India uses its strength as one of the world’s biggest makers of generic drugs to build friendships.

“The government of India has shown goodwill by providing the vaccine in grant. This is at the people’s level, it is the public who are suffering the most from COVID-19,” said Nepal’s Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi.

The gesture comes at a time that India’s ties with Nepal have been strained by a territorial dispute and Indian concern over China’s expanding political and economic influence in the Himalayan nation sandwiched between the Asian giants.

China, which had promised Nepal help to deal with the pandemic, is awaiting Nepali clearance for its Sinopharm shots.

“We’ve asked them to submit more documents and information before we give them the approval,” said Santosh K.C., spokesman for Nepal’s department of drug administration.

CHINESE RIVALRY


Bangladesh was supposed to get 110,000 doses of vaccine free from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, but Bangladesh refused to contribute towards the development cost of the vaccine leading to deadlock.

Bangladesh has instead turned to India for urgent supplies and on Thursday was due to receive 2 million shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from India.


“India is making the AstraZeneca vaccine which makes all the difference. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated temperatures and countries like Bangladesh have that facility,” a Bangladesh health official said.

Meanwhile India’s arch-rival Pakistan on Thursday thanked China, its close strategic ally, for a pledge to provide half a million doses of the vaccine free of charge by the end of the month.

India for years has struggled to match the pace of Chinese investment in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, where China is building ports, roads and power stations as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.


But the demand for vaccines in these countries desperate to revive their tourism-dependent economies has offered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a way to claw back ground, diplomats say.

India is considering giving away anything from 12 million to 20 million shots to its neighbours in the first wave of assistance over the next three to four weeks, one government source said.

India is also helping with the training of health workers in some of these countries and the setting up of the infrastructure to administer the shots, the source said.

“It’s a well-crafted, calibrated series of actions you are seeing, they confirm the validity of our ‘neighbourhood first’ policy,” said a former Indian ambassador, Rajiv Bhatia.

“It plays to our strengths in science and pharma, and this is our moment to shine.”

Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani and Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu; Additiional reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Umar Farooq in Islamabad; Editing by Robert Birsel and Gareth Jones

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


modi need take one before this grand talk
Indian vaccine = unproven = useless shit
 

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As per the established guidelines, 50 plus ppl will be vaccinated in the 2nd phase.
 

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