Top United Nations officers, together with the UN peacekeeping chief, have expressed gratitude to India for its present of two,00,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for peacekeepers, saying the donation will allow the Blue Helmets to proceed their life-saving work in a secure method.
The 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, introduced as a present by India for UN peacekeepers, left Mumbai within the early hours of Saturday and can arrive at Copenhagen, Denmark. They will then be distributed to all UN peacekeeping missions.
Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare on Friday hailed India’s contribution of the vaccine doses for the UN peacekeepers.
An efficient roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to all peacekeepers is a key precedence for the United Nations with a view to defend our personnel and their capability to proceed their essential work, assist defend susceptible communities and ship on their mandates, Mr Lacroix mentioned.
India is a longstanding and steadfast supporter of Peacekeeping and I need to thank the Government and folks of India, who’ve generously donated COVID-19 vaccines to profit our peacekeeping personnel and allow them to proceed their life-saving work in a secure method.
Mr Khare thanked India for donating the two,00,000 vaccines to UN peacekeeping missions.
“This important donation will allow us to ensure that UN peacekeepers are able to remain healthy and deliver in some of the most difficult environments in the world without relying on already stretched national health systems or ongoing COVAX efforts.”
He added that we additionally stay engaged with our troop and police-contributing nations to make sure that wherever potential, uniformed personnel are vaccinated via their nationwide techniques previous to deployment. At the identical time, my Department is main UN system-wide preparations to help nationwide efforts in vaccinating UN civilian personnel and relations.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had introduced in February that India will present 2,00,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers.
Keeping in thoughts the UN Peacekeepers who function in such tough circumstances, we want to announce right now a present of 200,000 doses for them, Mr Jaishankar had mentioned whereas addressing the UN Security Council open debate on the implementation of decision 2532 (2020) on the cessation of hostilities within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quoting the Bhagavad Gita, Mr Jaishankar had mentioned Do your work with the welfare of others at all times in thoughts.
The 2,00,000 doses primarily imply that it is going to be potential to manage the required double doses of COVID vaccines to all UN peacekeepers throughout missions.
According to UN Peacekeeping, as of January 31, 2021 a complete of 85,782 personnel are serving in 12 peacekeeping operations internationally led by the Department of Peace Operations.
A complete of 121 nations are contributing uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping missions.
India is likely one of the largest contributors of troops and police to UN peacekeeping missions, with greater than 5,000 women and men deployed in 9 missions, together with in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Lebanon.
The 200,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine left Mumbai by way of Qatar Airways on March 27 at 04:10 am.
The cargo will go to Copenhagen, the place it is going to be safely saved in a facility, re-packaged and rapidly distributed to peacekeeping missions for the peacekeepers.
The vaccine Covishield is the model of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. Covaxin is the indigenously developed vaccine by pharma firm Bharat Biotech.
The Department of Peace Operations mentioned that over the previous 12 months, UN peacekeepers all over the world have undertaken exceptional efforts as they adjusted and responded to the unprecedented world well being disaster.
Nearly 100,000 peacekeepers, already working inside advanced and difficult environments, managed to maintain themselves and others secure whereas supporting nationwide and native authorities of their response to the pandemic.
It added that regardless of the surprising challenges posed by COVID-19, peacekeepers demonstrated adaptability and adaptability to proceed implementing their core mandates, which is to guard individuals and construct sustainable peace.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had mentioned that he’s extraordinarily grateful for the present of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers introduced by India.
Under India’s Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, which interprets into Vaccine Friendship, the nation has been offering vaccines to nations internationally – from India’s rapid neighbours to nations in Latin America and Africa – and is a big supply of provide to the COVAX facility.
More than 58 million Made in India coronavirus vaccine doses have reached about 70 nations in current weeks.
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