India, known as the world’s pharmacy, on Wednesday announced 200,000 COVID-19 doses for UN peacekeepers.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar announced an open debate on the implementation of Resolution 2532 (2020) at the UN Security Council on the end of hostilities in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The United Nations Security Council said in a joint address, “Considering the UN peacekeepers who work under such difficult conditions, we would like to announce 200,000 doses for them today.”
Quoting the Bhagavad Gita, S. Jaishankar said, “Always keep your work in mind with the welfare of others.”
He told the meeting that it is the spirit in which India is facing the COVID challenge and urged the council to work collectively to address its various dimensions.
Jaishankar said that India is actively working with GAVI, World Health Organization and ACT Accelerators and its contribution has also supported the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Shortly after the announcement, India’s Permanent Representative to UN Ambassador TS Tirumurthy tweeted, “Protect the protectors! Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar announced 200,000 doses of vaccines for UN peacekeepers in #UNSC . India responded immediately to @UN Secretary’s request. General @antonioguterres. “
Jaishankar told the council that the world’s pharmacy, India, is at the forefront of the global fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. India first provided critical medicines, diagnostic kits, ventilators and PPE to more than 150 countries, about 80 of them on a grant basis.
“Today, the world’s pharmacy is moving forward to meet the global vaccine challenge,” he said, adding two indigenously developed vaccines have already been granted emergency authorization. Additionally, more than 30 candidates are in various stages of development.
Under India’s initiative of “Vaccine Friendship”, which translates into Vaccine Friendship, the country is providing vaccines to the world and is an important source of supply for the COVAX facility.
Apart from this, India is also sending vaccines directly to friends and partners. “Starting with our immediate neighbors, 25 countries worldwide have already received the Made in India vaccine. In the coming days 49 more countries will be supplied, from Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands, ”he said.
In the largest ever immunization campaign, India will vaccinate about 300 million frontline and healthcare workers, the elderly and vulnerable in the next six months. Jaishankar said, “Our vaccination program started a month ago has already vaccinated about 7 million people.”
Earlier this week, two versions of the AstraZeneca / Oxford COVID-19 vaccine were given the WHO Emergency Use List (EUL). Versions of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca-SK Bioscience (AZ-SKBio) and Serum Institute of India (AZ-SII), are now available for global rollon through the COVAX facility.
Last month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that India’s vaccine production capacity is “one of the world’s best assets”, and praised India for supplying COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world.
India has already embarked on a large-scale coronavirus vaccination campaign, under which two vaccines, Kovishield and Kovaxin, are being given to health workers across the country.
India took more than 6 million COVID-19 doses in nine countries in the first phase under “Vaccine Friendship”. Contracted supplies to various countries are also being done in a phased manner and New Delhi has said that it will gradually supply to the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility.
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