New Delhi (NVI): India today dispatched consignments of Covishield vaccines to Bahrain and Sri Lanka in the COVID-19 battle as part of the donation program to its key partners and neighbouring countries.
The flight with vaccine consignment was loaded at Mumbai Airport which departed at 7:55 am for Manama, while another consignment was delayed for 15 minutes and left for Colombo at 9 am.
Under the vaccine Maitri initiative, India dispatched a consignment containing 50,400 doses of Covishield vaccine to Sri Lanka, 10,800 doses were send to Bahrain according to the media reports.
Bahrain had approved Covishield to support its efforts to vaccinate at risk members from developing complications of COVID-19.
The vaccine, Oxford-Astrazeneca’s Covishield, has been manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and was approved for use by the government’s drug regulatory board recently.
So far, India has supplied Covishield vaccine to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Seychelles– all key partner and neighbouring countries to which India had promised supplies.
On January 20, the country began supplying hundreds of thousands of doses of Covishield vaccine for free under grant assistance to key neighbours.