Bengaluru: India continues to vaccinate its people. At the same time, it also continues to export vaccines to other countries, as part of its efforts to bring everyone to safety.

Till date, it has exported several lakhs of doses to more than a dozen nations. 

Dr Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston is in awe of India’s contribution to the world. 

He said, “There is something very special going on in India and I have seen it myself because I am on weekly teleconferences with our colleagues in India, you make a recommendation, and within days it’s done and not only done, it’s done meticulously and with great rigour, thought and creativity”. 

India has never shied away from shouldering responsibility of supplying vaccines. Today, as it takes giant steps in becoming the vaccine pharmacy of the world, the entire world can’t help but be in awe of the country. 

India has supplied 464.29 lakh made-in-India Covid-19 vaccines to 47 countries as of Thursday last. Out of these doses, 71.25 lakh were supplied as a gift and 393.04 lakh were supplied commercially.

Quite naturally, several tall leaders across the globe have thanked India profusely for its magnanimity in providing vaccines.

WHO chief Dr Tedros too had hailed India’s contribution.

He had tweeted, “Thanks 🇮🇳 & Prime Minister @narendramodi for supporting #VaccinEquity. Your commitment to #COVAX and sharing #COVID19 vaccine doses is helping 60+ countries start vaccinating their #healthworkers and other priority groups. I hope other countries will follow your example”.

India has also sent vaccines to far-off countries in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister of St Lucia had thanked Modi as well.

He had said, “Thank you to Prime Minister @narendramodi and our friends from India for donating 25,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to Saint Lucia🇱🇨🇮🇳”.

India, in the true sense, has been the vaccine pharmacy of the world. Though there were some doubts earlier whether India would export vaccines at the cost of its domestic demands, it did send vaccines to other countries.

It is to be noted that India produces 60% of the world’s vaccines and countries wait with bated breath to receive it.