Belize: The Government of Belize announced on Monday that it would get the first batch of 25,000 COVID-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine jabs from the Government of India by March 6, 2021.
Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belize stated that Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay engaged with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra to achieve these vaccines.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration has succeeded in acquiring a donation of 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Government of India. Arrival expected on 6 March. FM Courtenay engaged with Indian FM Jaishankar and High Commissioner Vohra to achieve this. pic.twitter.com/I3EIb88hfk
— Belize MFA 🇧🇿 (@MFABelize) March 1, 2021
India is giving COVID-19 vaccines under their ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative. Recently, the Government of India under the leadership of PM Modi, delivered 175,000 Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine doses to 5 Caribbean countries, including four under the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The supplies under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, which started on January 21, have earned India considerable goodwill, especially in the Caribbean countries.
As per the External Ministry of India, St Lucia got 25,000 jabs of Covishield vaccine and St Kitts and Nevis 20,000, St Vincent and the Grenadines 40,000 Antigua and Barbuda 40,000, Republic of Suriname 50,000 respectively.
Though Belize already started its vaccination drive as they got a donation of 1,000 Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines from Barbados.
Notably, Barbados also received 100k jabs of Astra-Zeneca Covishield vaccines from the Government of India.
As per the officials of MEA India, Belize has an up to 1200-strong Indian community, including some medical students. The community consists mainly of Sindhis, who migrated there from India and elsewhere in recent decades, and its members are mostly into the business. They constitute a valuable link between Belize and India.
There is more an “East Indian” community, over 7,000 strong, that immigrated to Belize from the Caribbean over some time and who are totally assimilated with the local society; they continue keen though to re-discover their lost Indian roots and to keep certain Indian cultural traditions including by the ‘Know India Programme’, ‘Study India Programme,’ ‘Tracing the Roots’ facility, and exposure to several Indian cultural programmes and activities.
Belize, to date, has confirmed 12,313 positive cases of coronavirus with 11,860 recoveries.
Unfortunately , Central American country witnessed 315 so far due to coronavirus.