India starts exporting Covid vaccine

The first consignment of India-made COVID-19 vaccine `Covishield’ is being dispatched from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai to Thimphu, Bhutan today morning.
As per the government, a consignment containing 1.5 lakh doses of Covishield  is scheduled to reach Bhutan’s capital Thimphu today at around noon.

This makes Bhutan the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), as a gift from India.

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, India ensured a continuous supply of trade and essential items to Bhutan which is in line with India-Bhutan unique and special relations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community.

“India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community. Supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence tomorrow, and more will follow in the days ahead,” PM Modi had tweeted.