Bahamas gets 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from India

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Ramanjot Kaur

Bahamas: The consignment of 20,000 doses of ‘Made in India’ AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport of Bahamas on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, in United Airlines. 

The vaccines were received by Prime Minister Minnis; Health Minister Renward Wells; Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield; National Immunization Manager Nurse Ruth Bastian; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillian; Bahamas High Commissioner to India Lowell Mortimer; and President of the Bahamas India Association, Dr. Anupama Jacob.

The 20,000 doses are a gift from the Government of India. The vaccines were pre-qualified by the WHO and received Emergency Use Listing (EUL) approval by the WHO. The vaccines have also obtained certification from the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS).

“I would like to thank Prime Minister Modi (@narendramodi) and the people of India for this generous assistance,” said the Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

Recently, India had provided 175,000 doses of Astra-Zeneca vaccines as a gift to OECS countries, comprising 4 Caribbean countries. 

In this challenging time, India’s humanitarian aid is remarkable. 

Meantime, the global leaders praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India’s assistance to help the countries under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative amid the coronavirus pandemic.

India’s vaccine diplomacy, which began on January 19 this year, is in full swing. India started exporting the Covid-19 vaccines to neighbouring countries.

Beginning from Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives, the vaccines from India have now reached more than 65 nations. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, 5.8 crore doses have been supplied so far.

The Covishield vaccine was produced in a tie-up between Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India manufactures it.

Notably, India’s Vaccine Maitri’ drive is reaping diplomatic gains for the country with the 79-member African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) group and the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) honoring India at the WTO for facilitating vaccine supplies to those in need.

The Bahamas has confirmed a total of 8,642 cases of coronavirus, 7,483 people recovered & 185 people died due to this deadly virus. 

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