Earlier, the Indian government had dispatched doses to neighbouring Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal. Shipments to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius were undergoing due process in terms of clearances. India even stole a march on China by providing Myanmar with 1.5 million doses of the vaccine to inoculate 750,000 citizens. The government’s timely actions have drawn admiration and praise from the global community, while casting a shadow over Beijing’s presence in the region.
New Delhi was seen to be getting off the blocks quicker than Beijing, who had also promised to come to the aid of Myanmar by reportedly committing to 300,000 doses. Summing up the simple and effective accomplishment Saurabh Kumar, India’s Ambassador to Myanmar, said, “This is a gift from India to Myanmar.”
According to a statement made by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, which fell in line with India’s philosophy of Make in India, Make for the World, production capacities would be used for all of humanity to fight against the pandemic. “The Pharmacy of the World will deliver to overcome the COVID challenge,” Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar stated on Twitter.
The declaration held no ambiguity whatsoever.