Centre offers vaccines, other help to Omicron-affected nations

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS): The Indian government on Monday offered 'Made in India' vaccine supply and other help to the countries dealing with new Covid variant 'Omicron' in Africa.

"The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of 'Made in India' vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through Covax or bilaterally," said the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The Central government in this regard has cleared all orders placed so far by Covax for supplies of Covishield vaccines, including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea and Lesotho, the MEA added.

"We have also cleared supplies of Covaxin to Botswana. Any new requirement projected either bilaterally or through Covax will be considered expeditiously," said the Ministry in a statement, adding that India also stands ready to supply essential life-saving drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators, as may be required.

Indian institutions would favourably consider cooperation in genomic surveillance and virus characterisation-related research work with their African counterparts.

The Union government has so far supplied more than 25 million doses of Made in India vaccines to 41 countries in Africa, including nearly one million doses as grant to 16 countries and more than 16 million doses under the Covax facility to 33 countries.

The new Covid variant -- Omicron -- was first reported to World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, 2021.



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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Bharat Maata ki Jai, all citizens should be proud of India, The first country to offer the vaccines.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Supply Vaccine to other countries ,but lockdown your own citizens ..and behave like a tyrant. People should be vary of these politicians while taking care of themselves(wearing mask, social distancing and all that) .The previous lock down led to the downfall of Yeddi ,This lockdown( if at all )will lead to the fall of Bommai and wipe out of BJP forever in karnataka

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    No one told there will be lockdown other than these rumor spreaders.. Every state has nearly 80lakh of excess vaccines. People are not coming in for vaccination at huge numbers. What's the problem in giving then? Vaccinating the entire world will only throw covid away otherwise omicron delta beta every 2 months new entry will be there..

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