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INDIA SENDS 1 MILLION DOSES OF COVID VACCINE TO NEPAL AS GIFT UNDER 'VACCINE MAITRI' INITIATIVE

INDIA SENDS 1 MILLION DOSES OF COVID VACCINE TO NEPAL AS GIFT UNDER 'VACCINE MAITRI' INITIATIVE

Context

India sent 1 million doses of a COVID vaccine to Nepal as a gift under the 'Vaccine Maitri' Initiative.

Details

  • India will supply Made-in-India Covid-19 vaccines to its neighboring and key partner countries Under its Neighborhood First policy.
  • Bhutan and Maldives will be the first to get the vaccines followed by Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles. 
  • Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius will also get doses once they give necessary regulatory approvals.

Recently, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) granted the approval for two vaccines - COVISHIELD by Serum Institute of India and COVAXIN by Bharat Biotech.

  • COVISHIELD: It is the name given to an Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine which is technically referred to as AZD1222 or ChAdOx 1 nCoV-19.
  • COVAXIN: It is India’s only indigenous Covid-19 vaccine. This vaccine has been found to be safe and no major side effects are expected.

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