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Addressing the significance of equitable distribution of vaccines and generating hope along the war-torn nation of Myanmar during such unprecedented times, India on December 22 contributed 1 million doses of COVID-19 inoculations to Myanmar.
The ‘Made in India’ vaccines were handed over to representatives of the Myanmar Red Cross Society by the Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
The Indian high official, who is on a 2-days official visit has become first such diplomats to reach the war-torn nation after the military coup which took place on February this year.
“Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla handed over 1 million doses of ‘Made in India’ vaccines to the representatives of the Myanmar Red Cross Society to support the people of Myanmar, including those along the India-Myanmar border, in their fight against COVID-19.” – tweeted the Indian Embassy in Myanmar.
Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla handed over 1 million doses of 'Made in India' vaccines to the representatives of the Myanmar Red Cross Society to support the people of Myanmar, including those along the India-Myanmar border, in their fight against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/eSHIrDaykl
— India in Myanmar (@IndiainMyanmar) December 22, 2021
Besides, Myanmar was among the first country to receive the Covishield vaccine of Serum Institute of India (SII) when New Delhi commenced its vaccine export programme in January 2021 as part of ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative. Till date, India has sent atleast 47 lakhs doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nation.
Its worthy to note that the move came in the wake of escalating insurgency attacks and movement of contraband substances into northeast India, which stood as a major concern for security experts. Such cowardly militant ambushes were planned by northeast-based insurgent groups taking shelter along the neighbouring war-torn nation of Myanmar.