‘India has not imposed any export ban on Covid-19 vaccines’: MEA
Asserting that India has not imposed any export ban on anti-coronavirus vaccines, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the country has taken the lead in sending vaccines abroad with over 640 lakh doses supplied to more than 80 countries till now.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said the ministry's 'Vaccine Maitree' initiative to supply vaccines abroad has been "very successful and very well-liked" by our partners across the world.
"As on date, under the 'Vaccine Maitree' initiative, we have supplied a total of about 644 lakh doses to the global community, and of these, 104 lakh doses have been supplied as a grant, 357 lakh doses on a commercial basis, and 182 lakh doses through the COVAX initiative," Bagchi said at an online media briefing.
India received Covid-19 medical aid from the United Kingdom on May 9. The flight carrying oxygen generators and ventilators landed in Delhi. The United Kingdom sent 3 oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators. Following the delivery, the Ministry of External Affairs expressed gratitude to the UK. Each generator has the capacity to produce 500 litres of O2/min, enough to treat 50 people at a time. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had said, "The UK is sending surplus oxygen generators from Northern Ireland to India. This life-saving equipment will support the country's hospitals as they care for vulnerable Covid patients." Watch the full video for more.
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On economic front, India and EU agreed to have dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary Vikas Swarup on May 08. "On economic front, both sides also agreed to have dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify our economic engagement," said MEA Secretary (West).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary Vikas Swarup on May 08. "PM also invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, to enhance digital cooperation between India and EU via linking of start-ups supporting digital economy and for enhancing investments," said MEA Secretary (West).
European Union's current COVID-19 assistance is example of trusted partners supporting each other in times of need, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary Vikas Swarup on May 08. "As you would recall, India had kept its supply chains open during first wave of COVID-19 last year and supplied essential drugs and masks to several EU countries. EU's current assistance is example of trusted partners supporting each other in times of need," said MEA Secretary (West).
President of the European Council, Charles Michel on May 08 said European Union (EU) played active role in COVAX, so vaccines could be available to whole world. "Since the first day of European mobilisation against COVID-19 we showed solidarity by contributing funds to research to make vaccines available for whole world. Since the first day of European mobilisation against COVID-19 we showed solidarity by contributing funds to research to make vaccines available for whole world," Michel said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also virtually participated in the meeting of EU as a special invitee, on the invitation of Council's President.
Speaking on United States of America (USA) supporting intellectual property rights (IPR) waiver for COVID vaccines, Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland to India on May 07 said Swiss authorities will look into it and then take a decision, but also underlined that the country is in favour of poorer countries getting vaccines. "When it comes to US position that changed, we have new situation when it comes to WTO in Geneva and I know that Swiss authorities will look into it this new situation and then take a decision. We've to wait for that but when it comes to Switzerland we've an objective to get vaccines out especially to countries that are financially in a less privileged position than Switzerland. We're part of COVAX alliance that is financing vaccines for poorer countries," Heckner said in an exclusive with ANI.
India extended 'deep appreciation' to nations providing priority requirements to battle Covid-19. It said that the pandemic 'sharpened our awareness' of the depth of global interdependence. India added..
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