Vaccine diplomacy: India seeks to rival China with broad shipments
NEW DELHI: India has approved the shipment of Covid-19 vaccine to Cambodia and plans to supply Mongolia and Pacific Island states, officials said on Sunday, as supplies arrived in Afghanistan - all part of the country's widening vaccine diplomacy.
Seeking to steal a march over rival Asian giant China, which has also promised to deliver shots, the go nment has been giving nearby countries millions of doses of the locally made AstraZeneca PLC vaccine, even as its domestic immunisation programme has just begun.
New Delhi has approved 100,000 doses for Cambodia on an urgent basis following a request to Modi from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, India's envoy to Phnom Penh said.
Cambodia is an important ally of China, which is expected to provide a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, mainly developed by state firm Sinopharm.
India has given doses to Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to help them get started with frontline workers as part of its Vaccine Friendship initiative.
On Sunday it sent 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Afghanistan, the first to arrive in the war-ravaged country, which is still waiting for emergency approval from the World Health Organization to administer them.
I wish that the world appreciate it. Neither in India nor outside I see any good words about such a great country of India and India's great effort to help otherse hel all country people despite so many diffculties, fake farmers protests, constant trouble from Congress who is India's biggest enememy, and China threats. India is doing what the world's so called the most development nations can not do.
Great work Government of India. I am proud and salute to you!
US, BRITON& CANADA they jump to criticize India but not a word of appreciation. India is certainly not doing it expecting appreciation as we consider our duty to humanity.
Who wants Chinese Vaccine at 50% effectiveness. Only Pakistan, nobody else.
Just remember that charity begins at home. Free supply of vaccines to others should not be at expense of domestic needs. Surprised to see big shipt to Afghanistan. Will this make them steer away from Pakistan. Seems like a strategy doomed to fail!
China can not match India's Progress in develo and hel all neighboring countries with our Indigenous production, because no one trusts China
present union govt zindabad,
modi jii long live,
modi jii zindabad,
Pappu Pass or Fail
China loosednits plot...even..Pak will not belive them.after few years.
It seems you people are more concerned than the Pakistanis.
India will keep its promise - the world is one family. We will do exceedingly well in giving vaccies to all countries. We can produce and deliver as much as the world wants. Good work INDIA. BHARAT MATA KI JAI. VANDE MATHARAM
Subba Iyer Mani
When will the Indian citizens get the vaccine ??
When emergency dawns upon humanity scientists invent medicines to help humanity in quick time. Medical scientists of India have been able to develop Corona vaccine in a year. But humans have not yet been able to solve condition of stray animals.
Haha India cannot even engineer a toilet. How could anyone trust their vaccine?!
even the chinkas don't trust the chinka vax
India has become the pharmacy of the world.
Perhaps, it is the best timing for Indian go nment to strenghten relationship with many conutries.....
After the Covid is over, our neighbors will start showing their true colors.
And Iran and Turkey's local vaccines are coming up also.