After China, India reaches out to LAC, African countries with medicine diplomacy
NEW DELHI: As China woos the world with Covid-related assistance, India is also looking to spread its medicine diplomacy net far and wide. While many countries like the US have purchased the antimalarial drug — hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) — from India, the go nment has so far also provided it as grant assistance to 24 countries.
It is now looking to reach out to 52 more countries spread mainly across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and also Africa with similar grants. China has stepped up assistance to both Latin America and Africa in the past few months, even as international media remains focused more on Beijing’s medical aid to the West.
Official sources said India had earmarked 5 million HCQ tablets for 28 LAC countries and 100,000 each for 19 African countries. Including others forms of medical assistance, India will supply Covid-related stuff purely as grant to more than 90 countries in the next few weeks. Seventy-six countries in all will receive HCQ tablets as grant assistance from India.
On both commercial and grant basis, India has supplied medicines to 133 countries (446 million HCQ tablets and 1.54 billion Paracetamol tablets), foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said in an address to National Defence College Friday.
Among the 24 who have already received HCQ as donation from India are neighbours like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Maldives.
Out of the 5 million tablets approved for LAC countries, Peru will get 900,000 and Venezuela 740,000. India will also send 500,000 tablets to Guatemala, 400,000 to Ecuador and 300,000 each to Cuba, Bolivia and Haiti. In Africa, India will donate HCQ to Guinea Bissau, Cabo Verde, Nigeria, Liberia, Benin, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, Chad, Sierra Leone, Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia and Equatorial Guinea.
"We have already donated close to 3 million HCQ tablets to 24 countries. Nearly 7 million more will be donated to LAC countries and Africa. There is also a proposal to supply these tablets to Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Malta and Moldova," said an official source.
In the past month or so, China has ramped up assistance to both Latin America and Africa where countries are faced with acute shortage of equipment like ventilators, surgical masks and testing kits. The pandemic though has also provided India an opportunity to reach out to countries across the globe with a spurt in demand for drugs manufactured in India like HCQ and paracetamol.
As the foreign secretary said Thursday, India’s role as a pharmacy of the world had come into focus during this crisis. "In a coordinated response involving several branches of go nment and multiple private sector pharma companies, India was able to supply, after ensuring adequate domestic stockpiles, large volumes of these drugs to friends and consumers across the world. It is also making its medical and public health expertise and capacity available to the entire South Asian region," he said.
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Great job by modi' go nment.
India will be the new manufacturing hub
we are foloowing what china did
India became a leader in Biotech and pharma due to liberal policies of Manmohan Singh.
TRUE INDIA SHINING !! BUT POOR MIGRANT LABOR LITERALLY DYING IN DOZENS ON ROAD / RAIL - TRACKS.
India will emerge with tremendous successes in post Covid Era.
Shah Jagdish P
India's medicine deplomacy will enhance its image in world.
Call it humanitarian gesture. If it's is diplomacy all good intent is lost. There is nothing wrong in competeting with Chinese. But it is a long way to go.
While Modiji is donating drugs to the World, Pappu & Maino Co. Pvt. Limited is donating mis-information to the public.
Good initiative by Govt. of India. India has send a team of 83 medical professional to UAE to battle Covid 19. Saudi is calling back our medical fraternity to assist them. India always wants the whole world to be happy.
Splendid job done by our Government of India. Thanks to the Prime Minister of our country.
Sajjan Singh Shaktawat
We are leading country in manufacturing quality medicines in the world at reasonable price/cost.
only India can do it
Sign of a true world leader...!! Proud to be an Indian...!! Jai Hind.
Great show by India. HCQ is a wonder drug invented by India to save the world. The entire world should be grateful to India generosity forever.
These generic medical factories flourished under Mr Singh. Under Fenku we need to accept donations from Dolund of ventilators.
Chinese GDP is four times India. Their Forex reserve is more than 10 times India. It is stupid to compete with China.
With Pm Modi's leadership, India can never fail!
Before Modi, did anyone even try such diplomacy before?
People are dying on the roads... And they are busy in making show....
Well done and should help needy countries
Modi has screwed the Indian economy. God save India!!!
莫迪搞垮了印度经济。神啊，救救印度吧! ! !
Indians will save India ......u need not to worry about it....