Indian Covid-19 vaccine to be shipped to multiple neighboring countries

An official displays a vial containing the Covishield vaccine inside a vaccination storage centre in Ahmedabad, India | Photo: Amit Dave

New Delhi, India — The Government of India has revealed that they will be shipping their Covid-19 vaccine to multiple neighboring countries today including  Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles.

The Indian Government informed that they have been receiving several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries. This is why, they have decided to supply Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles under grant assistance to “help all of humanity fight the Covid pandemic.”

While majority of the neighboring countries of India are expected to receive their share of Covid-19 vaccine starting from January 20th onwards, India is awaiting for the confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances to ship their vaccine to the remaining neighboring countries, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius.

The statement revealed by the Indian Government informed that they will be conducting a training program, covering administrative and operational aspects prior to the delivery of vaccines. These programs are specialized for the immunization managers, cold chain officers, communication officers and data managers of the recipient countries, both at national and provincial levels in India.

Despite India being the second-most populous country in the world and currently, the second-worst Covid-19 affected country, it has been continuously assisting its neighboring countries by supplying several necessities during this difficult times such as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies.

Along with this, 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.

The populous country noted that they will continue to supply countries all over the world with their vaccines to help other countries meet their healthcare needs.