India’s Vaccine Diplomacy A Shot In The Arm For External Relations

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    India’s decision to embark on an ambitious vaccine diplomacy plan and ensure indigenous vaccines reach foreign shores is a shot in the arm for India’s external relations.

    Allaying fears that India would put a ban on exporting vaccines to meet domestic demand, India – which began one of the world’s biggest inoculation programmes seeking to immunise about 300 million people by July –  has drawn up a blueprint to ship vaccines to other countries including Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afgahnistan, Seychelles and Mauritius, to some countries for free as aid.

    Brazil and South Africa meanwhile have already put forth an immediate indent of millions of doses and India has happily agreed.

    While in the subcontinent India’s position has been bolstered like never before, in the world over India has successfully positioned itself as a friend in indeed.