200,000 Covid vaccines given by India for UN peacekeepers are already being put to use: UN spokesperson

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The 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines talented by India for each UN peacekeepers are “already being enactment to use” and a fig of these Blue Helmets person already been vaccinated, spokesperson for UN main Antonio Guterres has said.

“The Indian Governmenthad offered america 200,000 dosesAnd a fig of peacekeepers are already, arsenic acold arsenic I know, being vaccinated,” Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, told reporters astatine the regular property briefing Friday successful effect to a question connected vaccination of UN peacekeepers.

'So, connected the Indian vaccines, those, which I deliberation were AstraZeneca, those were 200,000. They’re already being enactment to use,” helium said.

India, 1 of the largest troop-contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, talented 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines for UN peacekeepers crossed each UN missions.

As of March 31 this year, determination are 87,889 unit serving successful 12 peacekeeping operations astir the world.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had announced successful February that India volition acquisition vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers.

“Keeping successful caput the UN Peacekeepers who run successful specified hard circumstances, we would similar to denote contiguous a acquisition of 200,000 doses for them,” Jaishankar had said portion addressing the UN Security Council unfastened statement connected the implementation of solution 2532 (2020) connected the cessation of hostilities successful the discourse of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Quoting the Bhagavad Gita, Jaishankar had said “Do your enactment with the payment of others ever successful mind.” The 200,000 doses fundamentally meant that it would beryllium imaginable to administer the required treble doses of Covid vaccines to each UN peacekeepers crossed missions.

The AstraZeneca vaccines had near Mumbai via Qatar Airways connected March 27.

The shipment went to Copenhagen, wherever it was safely stored successful a facility, re-packaged and rapidly distributed to each peacekeeping missions for the peacekeepers.

On a question connected the connection of vaccines to the UN from China, Dujarric said “we proceed to beryllium successful interaction with the Chinese authorities, arsenic we are with the Russian authorities. Some of that had to bash with which vaccines were already approved by the WHO (World Health Organization) due to the fact that we bash not usage vaccines that are not approved by the WHO.” He said the Secretary-General has straight expressed his gratitude towards Russia erstwhile helium was successful Moscow precocious and has besides thanked the Chinese for their offer.

“I mean, we’re precise fortunate that we person subordinate states who are consenting and capable to springiness vaccines to UN unit moving successful the beforehand lines to guarantee that we proceed to bash our work,” Dujarric said He added that it was besides important to enactment that adjacent earlier the vaccines were disposable to “some of our colleagues successful the field, they had been continuing to bash their work' Dujarric welcomed the announcement made by the Biden medication that it volition beryllium sharing millions of vaccine doses with some the Covax facility, arsenic good arsenic bilaterally with countries successful peculiar need.

Covax is simply a worldwide inaugural aimed astatine equitable entree to Covid-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.

'But I besides privation to adhd that the Secretary-General is highly grateful to the United States Government for the inclusion of United Nations unit and Member States delegates serving successful the United States successful its nationalist vaccination programme, and for the generous connection to supply vaccines for United Nations front-line unit serving successful the astir challenging and unsafe locations astir the world.

'This donation volition let the UN unit to enactment and present captious services to susceptible radical astir the satellite successful a harmless and effectual manner,' helium said.

He added that Secretary-General renews his telephone to the planetary assemblage to travel unneurotic to code the unprecedented situation of this pandemic, and for countries to stock vaccines, peculiarly with those that are struggling to header with caller surges and variants.

'There is an urgent request for accrued planetary solidarity to guarantee that vaccines are disposable to everyone, everywhere. Equitable entree to vaccines is simply a prerequisite for [ending] the pandemic and kick-starting a beardown recovery.' On a question connected the Biden administration’s announcement to springiness vaccines to front-line UN staff, helium said the UN is successful interaction with the US Mission to enactment retired those details, including the numbers.

“My knowing is that this volition beryllium a Johnson & Johnson one-and-done, arsenic they say. But we’re trying to get a spot much details, but we’re precise thankful for this offer.”

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