Vaccine Diplomacy: Barbados PM Thanks India For Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Barbados PM has asked access to 200,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine being manufactured in India

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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley shared her appreciation to the Indian government and citizens for the “most generous” donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Mottley said, “I trust that you are well and safe. On behalf of my Government and people, I wish to express gratitude to you, your Government and the people of the Republic of India for its most generous donation of the Covishield vaccines (under the auspices of Oxford AstraZeneca).”

Mottley wrote to Prime Minister Modi last month, demanding access to vaccines to provide the island nation with immunisation coverage.

The Barbados media recently announced that India will receive 1,00,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the government.

Barbados, which has a population of over 2.87 lakhs, reported 1,641 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,274 recovered.

Mottley said the health ministry of the country has stated that the Covishield vaccine has been approved for use in Barbados and will be administered in compliance with the guidelines of the manufacturers.

“The Minister of Health and Wellness and the Chief Medical Officer both have confirmed that the vaccine has been approved for use in Barbados and will be administered in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidelines. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter read.

Loop Cayman announced on Wednesday that the first delivery of 50,000 vaccines, comprising 100,000 doses, from India would target frontline workers, police and security forces, critical services, hotel workers, supermarket employees as well as the elderly.

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