Brazilian President and WHO Chief thank India, PM Modi for "Support to global Covid response"

Saturday, 23 January 2021 - 15:56

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The World Health Organisation has thanked India for "continued support" in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. India has been sending vaccines to countries in the South Asian neighbourhood and to others like Brazil and Morocco. South Africa will also get the vaccine soon.

"Thank you #India and Prime Minister @narendramodi for your continued support to the global #COVID19 response. Only if we #ACTogether, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods," WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted.

The WHO chief's tweet comes hours after a similar tweet by Brazilian President Jair M Bolsonaro, who thanked India for the vaccines. "Namaskar, Prime Minister @narendramodi Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. Thank you for assisting us with the vaccines exports from India to Brazil. Dhanyavaad!" Mr Bolsonaro tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied by saying that India will continue to strengthen the cooperation on healthcare.

Brazil President Jair M Bolsonaro invoked Hanuman as he thanked India for the vaccines, saying his country feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts.

India has provided two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Brazil - one of the worst-hit nations by the pandemic - to fight the deadly infection

India dispatched two million doses of Covishield vaccines to Brazil on Friday. Covishield has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy in New Delhi, had made arrangements with India and Serum Institute of India for the transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines, following up on a letter from President Jair Bolsonaro to Prime Minister Narendra Modi dated January 8.

Brazilian Ambassador Andre Aranha Correa do Lago has thanked the Serum Institute for the vaccines and the "professionalism demonstrated" during the transportation.

Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives have got over 3.2 million doses in total from India. Donations to Mauritius, Myanmar and Seychelles will follow and Sri Lanka has confirmed 600,000 vaccines will come on 27th.