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WHO chief lauds India’s role in war against Covid

India's 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative is providing vaccines to its neighbouring countries

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has thanked India for its  "continued support" in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Thank you #India and Prime Minister @narendramodi for your continued support to the global #COVID19 response. Only if we #ACTogether, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods," Ghebreyesus tweeted.

India is amongst the few counties to start rolling out vaccines to fight the deadly coronavirus. Apart from launching the world’s largest inoculation drive in the country, India has also sent vaccines free of cost to its neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan to help these developing countries to rein in the pandemic.  Indian vaccines are also being exported to Brazil and Morocco.

India's 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative is providing vaccines to its neighbouring countries.

Brazilian President Jair M. Bolsonaro also thanked Modi for dispatching two million doses of India made coronavirus vaccines to Brazil.

India dispatched two million doses of Covishield vaccine to Brazil on Friday. Covishield has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Meanwhile, 92 countries have approached India for Covid-19 vaccines, including Brazil, which currently accounts for the third highest coronavirus caseload in the world and the second largest death toll.

Besides Covishield, India has also granted emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

India this week also announced it would supply Covid-19 vaccines under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles.

"Vaccines are giving us all hope of overcoming #COVID19, but ending the pandemic everywhere will require every Member State, every partner, and every vaccine producer to be on board and #ACTogether," the WHO chief said in another tweet.