(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday praised India's
contribution to the Quad Vaccine Initiative while recalling the
country's help to Thailand and Cambodia in extending all possible
support to combat the pandemic, Trend reports citing The Print .
Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, in the
same closed session, said that vaccines supplied by India to other
countries made a difference on the ground, and such success is more
valuable than just winning a theoretical debate of ideas, as per
PM Kishida said that Indian-made vaccines delivered under the
Quad Vaccine Initiative were received with gratitude in Thailand
and Cambodia recently. Kishida in a closed ceremony also noted that
Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen himself attended the handing over
ceremony of the vaccines, said sources.
Notably, India on May 10 handed over to Cambodia 325,000 doses
of Made in India Covishield vaccines under the Quad Vaccine
The vaccines have been gifted by India as part of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's commitment to donate 500,000 doses of Covid
vaccines to the Indo-Pacific under the Quad vaccine initiative.
The Cambodian government has conveyed its appreciation for the
vaccines received from Quad through India and for its collective
assistance to Cambodia. Quad countries have assured Cambodia about
their desire to extend all possible support to combat the
Hun Sen recalled India's key contribution to the reconstruction
and development of Cambodia and encouraged further enhancement of
the relations and cooperation between both nations.
Under the Quad Vaccine Partnership, India in April presented
about 200,000 doses of Made in India Covovax vaccines to Thailand.
India also extended its support to Thailand to help the country
fight the war against the pandemic by supplying medicines and
oxygen concentrators, read the official statement.
The Quad grouping of countries -India, US, Australia, and Japan-
have provided almost four and a half million COVID-19 vaccine doses
to Thailand. These countries have also provided aid in terms of
funds, and last-mile delivery support ensuring that vaccines are
translating into vaccinations.
The Quad Vaccine Partnership was announced by the Quad Leaders
at their first Summit on 12 March 2021. It aims to leverage Quad's
collective strength to ensure the global availability of safe and
effective vaccines by expanding manufacturing and assisting
countries in the Indo-Pacific with vaccination. Quad countries
agreed to provide over 1.2 billion doses of Covid vaccines globally
under this initiative. (ANI)
- Fumio Kishida
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