India offers support to African countries affected by new strain of COVID-19
New Delhi, November 29 (PTI) As Africa grapples with the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus, India said on Monday it was ready to support affected countries on the continent, including providing vaccines, life-saving drugs and test kits.
The Foreign Office (MEA) said vaccine supplies can be made through COVAX or bilaterally.
He said the government had cleared all orders COVAX placed so far for the supply of Covishield vaccines, including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea and Lesotho. .
The MEA said any new requirements projected either bilaterally or through COVAX will be reviewed expeditiously.
“We have noted the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, the Omicron. We express our solidarity with countries, especially in Africa, which have so far been affected by the Omicron variant, ”MEA said in a statement.
“The Indian government is ready to help affected countries in Africa cope with the Omicron variant, including providing vaccines made in India,” he said, adding that supplies can be made through COVAX or bilaterally. .
“In this regard, the government has authorized all orders placed so far by COVAX for the supply of Covishield vaccines, including to African countries such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea and Lesotho, ”MEA said.
“We have also authorized deliveries of COVAXIN to Botswana. Any new requirements projected bilaterally or through COVAX will be reviewed quickly, ”he said.
The MEA said India was also ready to provide essential medicines, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators.
“Indian institutions would favorably consider cooperation in research related to genomic surveillance and virus characterization with their African counterparts,” he said.
India has so far supplied more than 25 million doses of India-made vaccines to 41 African countries, including nearly one million doses in the form of grants to 16 countries and over 16 million doses under the COVAX facility to 33 countries.
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