India airlifts Covid-19 vaccines to Somalia

India airlifts Covid-19 vaccines to Somalia

On Saturday, India sent Made-in-India vaccines to the Horn of Africa – Somalia. The vaccines have been sent under India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative to help other countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

India airlifted Made-in-India vaccines to Somalia on Saturday. External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar shared the news of consignment on social media. Jaishankar tweeted, “Reaching across the Indian Ocean. Made in India vaccines arriving in Somalia.”

Somalia has more than 15 million people but less than 27,000 tests for the virus have been conducted in the country. This is one of the lowest rates in the world. On one hand, richer countries are racing to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, but on the other hand, Somalia still remains as a rare place where much of the population hasn’t taken the coronavirus seriously. India has extended its hand to help the country under its Vaccine Maitri Initiative.

India has been lauded by several countries for its Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Under this initiative, the country is providing vaccines against COVID-19 to other countries. Till now, India has supplied its vaccine to 25 nations across the globe. In the coming days, 49 more countries ranging from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands, will be getting the vaccines.

Global leaders have been praising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the countries initiative to help others amid the pandemic.

On Friday, India airlifted a consignment of vaccines for Guyana, Jamaica and Nicaragua. The total vaccine supply under the initiative has reached 461.66 lakh doses. On Friday evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a briefing, “71.5 lakh doses have been delivered through grant and 288.4 lakh doses on commercial terms. In total, India has delivered vaccines to 47 countries and to UN healthcare workers as well.”

The spokesperson said that the initiative has been guided by PM Modi’s announcement that India’s delivery and production capacity will be used for the benefit of mankind.

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