Dominica PM writes letter to Narendra Modi, seeks COVID-19 vaccines for citizens
Roseau: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi to seek COVID-19 vaccines for his citizens.
In a letter to PM Modi on Tuesday, PM Skerrit wrote as quoted by Hindustan Times: “As we enter 2021 and persevere in our fight against Covid-19, Dominica’s population of 72,100 is in urgent need of enough doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. I, therefore, request, with great humility and respect, that you assist us by donating the doses we need to make our population safe (optimally 70,000 first and second doses).”
In his letter, PM Skerrit said: “I draw your kind attention to the enormous challenge faced by our people in obtaining a vaccine for Covid-19. Notwithstanding the pledge by Oxford-AstraZeneca to provide more than half of its doses to the world’s developing nations, as it currently stands, the large number of Dominicans will not be able to obtain a vaccine for a very long time. We are a small island developing nation, and are unable to compete with larger nations with greater demand for vaccines and more funds with which to pay for it.”
Meanwhile, the Government of India has received several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries.
In response to these requests, and in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all of humanity fight the Covid pandemic, supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from 20 January 2021.
"In respect of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius, we are awaiting their confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances," read an MEA statement earlier.