India providing vaccines to neighbours.
India which has made Covid-19 Vaccines has now delivering it to its neighbouring country.
The country like Nepal , Bhutan , Bangladesh , Maldives.
But it is already using its manufacturing heft to generate goodwill with its neighbours.
India’s government has made the calculation that it has vaccine doses to share.
Since wednesday , the India government has sent free doses to Bangladesh , Bhutan , Nepal and Maldives-more than 3.2 million in total.
Donations to Mauritius , Myanmar and Seychelles are set to follow. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are next on the list.
The shipments reflects one of India’s unique strengths :
It is home to a robust vaccine industry, including Serum Institute of India, one of the world’s largest vaccine makers.
Early in the pandemic , Serum Institute formed a partnership to produce the Oxford – AstraZeneca vaccine.
By this year , it had already stockpiled 80 million doses.
Some of that production will be delivered this month to the Covax initiative backed by the World health organization.
On Thursday,a fire broke out a building under construction at Serum Institute’s headquarters in which five people died.
Serum Institute said the blaze would not impact its production of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In the race to combat the pandemic , several countries are using vaccine production as a route to enhance their global influence.
But the India government seems to be first to deliver multiple gifts to neighbouring countries.
India’s diplomatic initiative has its own hashtag — #VaccineMaitri, or vaccine friendship —
and received a high-profile plug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India is “deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community,”
he wrote on Twitter.The push comes at a time when the virus is in retreat in India.
The country is a distant second to the United States in terms of coronavirus cases, with about 10.6 million.
Daily cases have dropped significantly since last fall.