Antigua and Barbuda: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda- Gaston Browne, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of India- Narendra Modi, thanking India for the donation of Vaccines to the CARICOM community and showed solidarity with India amid the current situation of the country due to the second wave of COVID-19 variant.
India provided a donation of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses of Oxford Astra Zenica to the CARICOM community of the Caribbean region. Antigua and Barbuda
received 40,000 doses of the vaccine.
The letter that PM Browne wrote to the PM of India stated, “I wish to thank you once more for the incredibly memorable donation of 500,000 doses of the Oxford Astra Zenica vaccine provided to the CARICOM- our allied region. Antigua and Barbuda benefitted through this and compassionate act of your nation, and our civilians received 40,000 doses.”
“It is with much due respect that we thank and applaud the Indian government for this grand, charitable gesture,”- PM Browne.
PM Browne also showed concern over the current COVID-19 situation in the second populous country and further stated, “It is now common knowledge that India is beset with an outbreak of COVID-19 that has inflicted severe harm on its cities and communities, and has paralyzed public transportation and the healthcare system, including so many hospitals that are overwhelmed.”
“My heart feels your pain, Prime Minister, and we can only imagine the mounting challenge which the circumstances now pose for your government and people. We pray for India’s recovery and stand in solidarity with India at this crucial time.”
Following the statement, PM Gaston assured India with the continuous support of Antigua and Barbuda. He concluded, “On behalf of the people of Antigua and Barbuda, I would like to thank you, Prime Minister, for your extreme generosity and the consistent support that you have shown to our nation. Be assured of our nation’s continuous support and well-wishes.”
The Island, earlier in the month of March, had received around 22,000 doses of COVID-19 virus vaccines
from India under the ‘Vaccine Maitri Initiative’.