A group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have assisted India in delivering Covid-19 vaccines to various developing and least developed countries.
During a discussion at the WTO (World Trade Organization), a group of Latin American member states, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Paraguay, expressed concern about the export restrictions imposed by the European Union on Covid-19 vaccines and their trade-distorting vaccines Effects.
St. Lucia, on behalf of the CARICOM country group, expressed its appreciation and thanked India and South Africa for delivering vaccines to them.
CARICOM is a group of Caribbean countries that includes Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti and St. Lucia.
“We thank the Indian and South African governments and the African Union for their generosity and solidarity during this time. The Indian government, through the generosity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has donated a first installment of 1,70,000 vaccines to Barbados and Dominica through bilateral agreements”, St. Lucia said, adding that India had sent an additional 1.75,000 vaccines to five CARICOM member states.
Similarly, Jamaica, on behalf of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, thanked India’s efforts to supply vaccines to developing and least developed countries (LDCs).
Jamaica has said: “There is absolutely no place for vaccine nationalism in this crisis as no member is spared the effects of the virus until all members are able to contain its spread. Hence we recognize the efforts of countries like India and South to Africa, which has arranged the delivery of vaccines to many developing countries and LDCs. “