The consignment of COVID-19 vaccines, containing Serum Institute of India`s `Covishield’ arrived at Mumbai`s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport early Thursday morning. As part of its Neighbourhood First Policy, India had announced a vaccine rollout for Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday.
India on Thursday dispatched its gift of Covishield vaccines to Bangladesh and Nepal.
Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson Ministry of External Affairs, said in a tweet, “Next stop Bangladesh! Consignment of Indian made Covid-19 vaccines takes off for Bangladesh!”
A total of 2 million doses of the Covishield vaccine, by Serum Institute of India, has been dispatched from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, India has also dispatched one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.
On Wednesday, a consignment of India-made coronavirus vaccines was dispatched to Maldives and Bhutan.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday had announced vaccine rollout for Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday, which is in line with its Neighbourhood First Policy.
India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to many countries during the COVID19 pandemic.