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Covid-19 vaccine ‘diplomacy’: India to expand cooperation with neighbouring countries

In the wake of the Covid-19 challenge, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar will come together to collaborate on the development of COVID-19 vaccine. This will give a boost to India’s `Neighbourhood First’ and `Act East Policy’.

Top officials from the Ministry of External Affairs as well as related agencies have had meetings with the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on the possible joint production, distribution and supply of COVID-19 vaccine.

In response to a question by Financial Express Online, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava said, “Two training modules for our neighbouring countries have been organized. Around 90 health experts and scientists have participated. And the plan is to expand these programmes to other countries which are interested.

In September, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that to help all humanity, India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said “India also will help all the countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of Vaccines.”

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