India gift Covaxin to Afghanistan

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  • India has gifted 5 lakh Bharat Biotech-made Covaxin corona vaccines to Afghanistan. This is part of the 10 lakh vaccine to be gifted by the Government of India to Afghanistan .
  • The consignment was sent to Afghanistan by the Iranian  Mahan Airlines.
  • The consignment will be handed over to the UN official in the Indira Gandhi Children hospital  in Kabul .
  • India earlier sent vaccines to Afghanistan in February 2021 when Ashraf Ghani was in power in Afghanistan.
  • This is the first time India has sent vaccines to Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power in August 2021 and the Government of India does not recognise the Taliban government in Kabul.

Maitri Vaccine initiative of the Government of India 

  • In January 2021 ,Government of India launched the vaccine maitri initiative to supply domestically produced corona vaccine, Covishield made by Serum Institute of India  and  Bharat Biotech made Covaxin to the neighbouring countries in South Asia and to the poor and developing countries in the world .
  • The vaccines were  to be provided to these countries as a grant or on a commercial basis .The first country to receive the Serum Institute of India (SII) made  vaccine, Covishield  was  Bhutan and later Maldives on 20 January 2021.
  • The export of vaccine was halted by the Government of India in the month of April 2021 after the devastating second corona wave in India. The export of vaccines was put on hold by the Government of India.
  • The Government of India restarted the export of corona vaccine in the month of October 2021.
  • India is the largest producer of vaccine in the world.

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