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India sends vaccines to Barbados


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India sends vaccines to Barbados
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, here during a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in 2019. (FILE)

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India sent two consignments of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines to Barbados and Caribbean neighbour Dominica on Sunday night.

According to the Hindustan Times, the vaccines left the island around 11:35 p.m. and were distributed under their Vaccine Maitri initiative.

The newspaper reported Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley sent correspondence to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday which read: “I trust that you are well and safe. On behalf of my Government and people, I wish to express gratitude to you, your Government and the people of the Republic of India for its most generous donation of the Covishield vaccines (under the auspices of Oxford Astrazeneca).”

At the end of January, Mottley wrote to Modi requesting about 200 000 vaccines.

The vaccines were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. (SAT)