India dispatches Covishield vaccines to Bahrain
Bahrain has become the latest country and the first in the Middle East to get India’s COVID-19 vaccine gift. India has sent a gift of 1 lakh COVID-19 vaccines to Bahrain. Bahrain is the first country in west Asia to which New Delhi has sent the vaccine gift.
Overall, it is the ninth country to which India has sent the vaccine gift. Vaccines gifts have been sent to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka.
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is also prime minister, thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “and our friends in India for working with us to secure the delivery of” the vaccine, his court said in a Twitter post.
Bahrain had earlier approved Covishield developed by Serum Institute of India (SII) to support its efforts towards vaccinating members at risk of developing complications from COVID-19.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday had announced vaccine rollout for several countries from January 20.
Quoting the Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla, Reuters reported that Serum Institute would supply Saudi Arabia with 3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses in about a week.
India sees international cooperation in the area of fight against COVID-19 pandemic as its duty; New Delhi has played the role of the first responder in the region.