GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana acquired 80,000 doses of the “Covishield” Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India on Sunday.
The vaccines arrived on the Cheddi Jagan Worldwide Airport early this morning and have been acquired by Prime Minister Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips and others.
In line with India’s Excessive Commissioner to Guyana, Dr Ok. J. Srinivasa, who was additionally current, India doesn’t anticipate something from Guyana in return.
“India sees these donations as ‘vaccine maitri’ which means ‘vaccine friendship’…..I wish to stress right here that India donates these vaccines with nothing in demand [from] the nation. We don’t ask for any quid professional quos. India is donating the vaccines in a spirit of collaboration, in a spirit of friendship, and in a spirit of serving to our mates to amass these vaccines internationally.”
As a part of its vaccine maitri initiative, India has been donating 1000’s of the Covishield vaccine doses to international locations internationally.
“These 80,000 doses are vital of the depth of our pleasant relations with Guyana; it additionally reveals our dedication to the world as a primary responder,” Srinivasa famous, highlighting India’s analysis and pharmaceutical capability.
He additionally emphasised that the donation is one other testimony to the sturdy bilateral relations between each international locations.
The donation from India can be in a position to give protection to 40,000 Guyanese and in keeping with the well being ministry, frontline well being staff would be the first to obtain the vaccines, adopted by the aged, different frontline staff, and academics.
Some 570,000 doses of the vaccine are earmarked for distribution throughout the Caribbean area alone.