New Delhi: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been very critical of Indian farmers’ protest, reportedly made a call to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, requesting COVID-19 vaccines from the country.
However, showing a good gesture, PM Modi on Wednesday assured Trudeau that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada.
During his phone call to Modi, Trudeau not only informed him about Canada’s requirements of COVID-19 vaccines but also said that if the world managed to conquer COVID-19, it would be significantly because of India’s tremendous pharmaceutical capacity and PM Modi’s leadership in sharing this capacity with the world, according to a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement.
Assuring his Canadian counterpart PM Modi promised that India would do its best to support Canada’s vaccination efforts, just like it had done for many other countries already.
“Was happy to receive a call from my friend Justin Trudeau. Assured him that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
“We also agreed to continue collaborating on other important issues like Climate Change and the global economic recovery,” he said.
Furthermore, both the leaders also reiterated the common perspective shared by India and Canada on many important geo-political issues. They also agreed to continue the close collaboration in fighting global challenges like Climate Change and the economic impacts of the pandemic, the PMO said.
India is one of the world’s biggest drug-makers, and several countries have already approached it for procuring coronavirus vaccines
As per external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, India had sent 56 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines under grants assistance to a number of countries while 100 lakh doses were sent under commercial supplies.
Meanwhile, India has already launched a massive coronavirus vaccination campaign under which two vaccines; Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin-produced by Bharat Biotech, are being administered to frontline health workers across the country.