Vaccine Diplomacy | Myanmar, Mauritius and Seychelles receive Covishield

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India has sent shipments of Covishield vaccines to Myanmar, Mauritius, and Seychelles under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ (vaccine diplomacy) drive.

  • Vaccine diplomacy: It is the branch of global health diplomacy in which a nation uses the development or delivery of vaccines to strengthen ties with other nations.

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India’s Vaccine Diplomacy:

  • Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Nepal have already received their Covishield vaccines from India.
  • In the cases of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, India is awaiting confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances.
  • India has also carried out capacity building and training workshops for neighbouring countries.
  • However, the only exception to India’s vaccine diplomacy is Pakistan which has not been named as a neighbouring country for vaccine delivery.

Source: Indian Express

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