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India offers vaccines, other help including essential life-saving drugs to Omicron-affected nations

The Union government has so far supplied more than 25 million doses of Made in India vaccines to 41 countries in Africa.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: November 30, 2021 7:36 IST
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Centre offers vaccines, other help to Omicron-affected nations

Highlights

  • Supplies can be undertaken through Covax or bilaterally, the MEA said
  • The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa, MEA said
  • The new Covid variant -- Omicron -- was first reported in South Africa

The Central government on Monday offered 'Made in India' vaccine supply and other help to the countries dealing with the new Covid variant 'Omicron' in Africa. In a statement, the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of 'Made in India' vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through Covax or bilaterally."

The Central government in this regard has cleared all orders placed so far by Covax for supplies of Covishield vaccines, including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea and Lesotho, the MEA added.

"We have also cleared supplies of Covaxin to Botswana. Any new requirement projected either bilaterally or through Covax will be considered expeditiously," said the Ministry in a statement, adding that India also stands ready to supply essential life-saving drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators, as may be required.

Indian institutions would favourably consider cooperation in genomic surveillance and virus characterisation-related research work with their African counterparts.

The Union government has so far supplied more than 25 million doses of Made in India vaccines to 41 countries in Africa, including nearly one million doses as grant to 16 countries and more than 16 million doses under the Covax facility to 33 countries.

The new Covid variant -- Omicron -- was first reported to World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, 2021.

(With inputs from IANS)

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