India has been sending several consignments of Coronavirus vaccines produced under Serum Institute of India (SII) Pune and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech under a vaccine donation drive to small economies like Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius and Seychelles.
Apart from SII being the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, India claims the title as the “pharmacy of the world”, having a big 60% share in the global vaccine production.
The United States called India a “true friend” for its honorable task of providing vaccinations to countries that cannot afford to purchase big consignments.
This was expressed in a tweet by the South and Central Asia Bureau of the US State department quoting, “We applaud India’s role in global health, sharing millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in South Asia. India’s free shipments of vaccine began with Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal and will extend to others.”
We applaud India’s role in global health, sharing millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in South Asia. India's free shipments of vaccine began w/Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Nepal & will extend to others. India's a true friend using its pharma to help the global community.
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) January 22, 2021