Nigeria on Tuesday (March 2) became the latest country to receive COVID vaccine doses from India through its Vaccine Diplomacy programme Vaccine Maitri.
Union Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar tweeted “Global South policy at work. Nigeria receives Made in India vaccines. #VaccineMaitri.”
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 2, 2021
A number of countries have asked India for the COVID vaccines as it is projected to produce 3.6 billion doses annually which is the most of any country. The country has already approved Oxford’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use authorisation after which the vaccination drive began on January 16.
India’s vaccine capability is a very important tool for fighting COVID due to its affordable pricing as vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are too costly for the poorer economies.
Several countries have already received the vaccines from India as aid and on contracts respectively. India is also a part of the Gavi which aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.
On Monday, the first dose under the COVAX Agreement (which is in partnership with Gavi) was administered in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Africa