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Monday, March 1, 2021

Vaccine diplomacy .. World leaders thank and appreciate Shri Modiji

In chronology, many would like to forget 2020 as Covid 19 threatened the globe. Read an interesting article on the   total volume of SARS-CoV-2 in the world – clueless, one thought it could least be the size of  Olympic swimming pool. But that Scientific article puts that  the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can, with plenty of room to spare !!

Yet Corona has impacted 10,82,30,119 people globally with 23,84,001 succumbing to the dread disease all over the World.  2021 has brought in some relief in the form of a vaccine.  Health Ministry reports that till date, over 80 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated (8042454) of which 59 lakh people are Health care workers .. .. really good indeed.

The Commonwealth of Dominica has received 70,000 vaccinations from India under the Vaccine Maitri initiative. This comes after Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the vaccine. With India initially supplying vaccines to its Asian neighbours, Dominica is the first Caribbean nation to receive the vaccination.

With India’s apex drug regulator approving Bharat Biotech to start clinical trials of intranasal Covid-19 vaccine candidate, hopes have risen that the country could soon have a crucial and easy tool to prevent the highly infectious disease.  As intranasal vaccine requires minimal training to administer and will not need a needle and syringe, it is being touted as a game changer in controlling the pandemic. A subject expert committee on Covid-19 of the CDSCO earlier this month permitted the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker to launch the Phase I clinical trial of an intranasal vaccine candidate for the Covid-19.

I had posted about the Chattogram test (Chittagong) where 28 year old  left-handed batting allrounder - Kyle Rico Mayers rose to fame.  In the test no 2407 – fortunes kept changing and in the end it was a grand victory for the visiting Wes Indies.  Mayers was the player of the match.  Kyle Rico Mayers from Barbados rose to write his name in history with a double century in a tough situation in his debut match – that too in the 4th innings.   Three years ago Mayers was caught up in Hurricane Maria when he had gone to Dominica with the Windward Islands franchise team for a training camp. The roof of the apartment where he was living had come off in that hurricane. Mayers spent the next morning searching for food and water, and later was helped by local police and team officials.

Dominica,  officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Caribbean. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is geographically situated as part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique to the south-southeast. Its area is 750 km2 (290 sq mi). The island was settled by the Arawak arriving from South America in the 5th century. It was later colonised by Europeans, predominantly by the French from the 1690s to 1763. The French imported enslaved people from West Africa to Dominica to work on coffee plantations. Great Britain took possession in 1763 after the Seven Years' War, and it gradually established English as its official language.

The island gained independence as a republic in 1978. Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its natural environment. Roosevelt Skerrit is the Prime  Minister of Dominica since 2004; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency since 2000.  Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his gesture after the latter dispatched 35,000 'Made In India’ coronavirus vaccine shipment, sufficient to inoculate half of the country’s 72,000 total population. “I did not imagine that the prayers of my country would have been answered so swiftly,” Skerrit wrote in a tweet, thanking India.

Furthermore, in his address to the Caribbean nation after the consignment of covid vials from India arrived, the Dominican PM stated, “One would have thought and understood that in a global pandemic such as this, a nation's size and might would have been the primary consideration.” Expressing gratitude for PM Shri Narendra Modi, Skerrit said, “But to the credit of Prime Minister Mr Modi our request was considered on merit and the equality of our people was recognized.”

Under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, India on February 8, dispatched two separate shipments of domestically manufactured ‘Covishield’ vaccines to Barbados and Dominica. The COVID-19 vials, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) departed from Mumbai. Earlier, having received India’s vaccine consignment, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, had thanked Prime Minister Modi and India for the "most generous" donation.  "I trust that you are well and safe,” Mottley wrote in a letter to PM Modi, cited by ANI. “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),” she had further added.

Tall leader in the Global arena – our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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