GUYANA: India’s donates 80,000 COVISHIELD AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines

Prime Minister Mark Phillips (second from left) and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Dr. K.J. Srinivasa (second from right) greeting each other today at the airport. Also in this Indian High Commission photo are Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugh Todd.

PHOTO: Prime Minister Mark Phillips (second from left) and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Dr. K.J. Srinivasa (second from right) greeting each other today at the airport. Also in this photo are Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugh Todd.

India’s donation of 80,000 COVISHIELD vaccines arrived this morning at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri.  The donation will enable the vaccination of 40,000 persons with the double-dose required.

The shot is the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine manufactured in India.         

An abridged version of a press release from the Indian High Commission follows:

India gifted 80,000 doses of the Made in India Covid-19 vaccine – COVISHIELD, to the Government and People of Guyana today to meet the immediate requirements of vaccinating healthcare workers, frontline workers and those with co-morbidities. The COVISHIELD vaccine is manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India, Pune, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer in collaboration with Oxford-AstraZeneca.  By delivering the COVISHIELD vaccine within days of its rollout, India has once again demonstrated its willingness and ability to act as a First Responder to crises in the World, including in Guyana.
Recently, India gifted 175,000 doses of Made in India Covid-19 vaccine – COVISHIELD for the benefit of several CARICOM countries, Antigua and Barbuda (40,000 doses), St. Kitts and Nevis (20,000 doses), St. Lucia (25,000 doses), St. Vincent and Grenadines (40,000 doses) and Suriname (50,000 doses) which is part of an overall 570,000 vaccine donation to the CARICOM region.

The Prime Minister of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Brig. (Retd.) Mark Phillips along with Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Health, Hon. Hugh Todd, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and H.E. Dr. K.J. Srinivasa, High Commissioner of India to Guyana received the consignment of doses of vaccine, in a special ceremony held at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Hon. Brig. (Retd.) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, spoke on the occasion. He thanked Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. S Jaishankar for the generous donation of Covid-19 vaccines to Guyana which strengthened their hands in the fight against the COVID pandemic.

In his speech on the occasion, High Commissioner highlighted that the gifting of vaccines to Guyana honoured Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity for helping all of humanity in fighting the crisis. He emphasized the fact that Guyana received the vaccine in the first few days of India’s assistance to friendly countries, which highlighted the special place Guyana occupies in India’s Foreign Policy. It also bolstered India’s credentials as the immediate responder for Guyana in times of emergency situations.
He reiterated that the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines in Guyana marked another milestone in our bilateral relations. High Commissioner was happy to note that with India’s support, Guyana would be able to intensify the inoculation drive at such an early stage in the global fight against the pandemic. He hoped that the vaccine would help Guyana in saving lives, ameliorating suffering of Guyanese brothers and sisters and bringing the Guyanese economy back to normal.  He said that Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, in the middle of the pandemic, in September last year, had pledged that as the largest vaccine-producing country in the world, India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis.
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  • WIC  On 03/08/2021 at 1:00 am

    Good stuff!

  • brandli62  On 03/08/2021 at 4:45 am

    This is good news. The AZ vaccine is safe and effective as the role in the UK is showing. Guyana should rapid vaccinate the elderly, hospital staff and teachers as a first priority. The public heath authorities should also rapidly sing a deal with J&J, whose vaccine is a single dose vaccine that does not require freezing and is currently the cheapest available corona virus vaccine. It also prevents serious disease and hospitalisation at a rate of 100%.

  • wally n  On 03/08/2021 at 10:51 am

    Same vaccine or fake news….so confusing

    Switzerland’s medical regulator has said it cannot authorise use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine based on the available trial data, a further setback for the rollout of the Anglo-Swedish jab.

    The vaccine, which is already being administered in the UK, was given authorisation for use across the EU last Friday, but health officials in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Poland have advised against its use for older people. Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU, is the first European country to rule against approving the jab.

    Now I am sure not taking….any

    • brandli62  On 03/08/2021 at 11:14 am

      The COVISHIELD vaccine, which by the Serum Institute of India is identical to the the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine used in the UK currently. Regarding Switzerland, the position of the Swissmedic, the Swiss medicinal agency, is very unfortunate as it has raised questions regarding the use of the vaccine in people over 65. This has caused lots of confusion. By contrast, the success in the UK with patients older than 65 demonstrates that the Swiss (German and French concerns) were completely not warranted. Approval of the vaccine in expected to happen soon.

  • wally n  On 03/08/2021 at 11:33 am

    Well that clears it up, if you guys having problems, I will do what my doctor suggests, wait until later, I have no where to go, can’t travel, have no one (important) to meet, oh have tons of good beer. ima OK. Thanks

  • Dennis Albert  On 03/08/2021 at 9:17 pm

    This is the first time I’m not talking bad about India 🙂 The ABCEU countries hoard up the COVID vaccine for themselves.

    • Brother Man  On 03/08/2021 at 10:43 pm

      Were you not happy when the Indian government gave Guyana a US$6 million grant to build the US$30 million Providence Stadium for the 2007 WC in addition to a US20 million soft loan?

      Brother Man

    • brandli62  On 03/09/2021 at 5:15 am

      This is good news, but keep in mind that this is the Oxford/AstraZeneca corona virus vaccine that is produced under license in India. Unlike the Chinese vaccines, the safety and efficacy of this vaccine is well documented in the peer-reviewed medical literature. 80’000 doses are a good start, but more needs to be coming!

  • Morning star  On 04/25/2021 at 4:39 pm

    At the mo backward India is in the news with the way these disgusting morons are spreading covid .perhaps they should be helping their own

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