Brazilian President J M Bolsonaro took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the vaccines sent to Brazil. "Namaskar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. Thank you for assisting us with the vaccines exports from India to Brazil. Dhanyavaad," he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in response to Bolsonaro's tweet said, "The honour is ours, President @jairbolsonaro to be a trusted partner of Brazil in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic together. We will continue to strengthen our cooperation on healthcare."
India began commercially exporting Covid-19 vaccines and sent two million doses each to Brazil and Morocco on Friday.
Meanwhile, in response to questions on whether India would consider providing Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan, the government on Friday said it had not received any request from Pakistan government for vaccine.
India has so far donated homegrown Covishield vaccine to the neighbouring countries Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan and the Maldives and is waiting for approval of regulatory authorizations from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to deliver the same.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on being asked if India would consider donating vaccines to Pakistan said, "I am not aware of any request for the supply of India-made vaccines to Pakistan on a G2G basis or commercial basis. The other part of the question is hypothetical at this stage and I would not like to respond." China has so far pledged 500,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine for Pakistan.
The official informed that India will continue supplying the vaccine to partner countries in a phased manner in accordance with the domestic requirements of the phased rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
He also added that contractual supplies are also being carried out to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
It was further informed that the quantity and types of vaccines being sent out would be based on availability and regulatory approvals in the countries in question.
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