Prime 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 protected 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 are going to then be distributed to all UN peacekeeping missions.
Beneath-Secretary-Normal for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Beneath-Secretary-Normal for Operational Assist 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 purpose to shield our personnel and their capability to proceed their essential work, assist shield weak communities and ship on their mandates, Mr Lacroix stated.
India is a longstanding and steadfast supporter of Peacekeeping and I wish to thank the Authorities and other people 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 protected method.
Mr Khare thanked India for donating the two,00,000 vaccines to UN peacekeeping missions.
“This essential donation will permit us to make sure that UN peacekeepers are in a position to stay wholesome and ship in a number of the most troublesome environments on the earth with out counting on already stretched nationwide well being methods or ongoing COVAX efforts.”
He added that we additionally stay engaged with our troop and police-contributing nations to make sure that wherever doable, uniformed personnel are vaccinated by means of their nationwide methods previous to deployment. On the identical time, my Division is main UN system-wide preparations to assist nationwide efforts in vaccinating UN civilian personnel and members of the family.
Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had introduced in February that India will present 2,00,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers.
Maintaining in thoughts the UN Peacekeepers who function in such troublesome circumstances, we wish to announce as we speak a present of 200,000 doses for them, Mr Jaishankar had stated whereas addressing the UN Safety 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 stated Do your work with the welfare of others all the time in thoughts.
The two,00,000 doses basically imply that it will likely be doable to manage the required double doses of COVID vaccines to all UN peacekeepers throughout missions.
In accordance with UN Peacekeeping, as of January 31, 2021 a complete of 85,782 personnel are serving in 12 peacekeeping operations internationally led by the Division of Peace Operations.
A complete of 121 nations are contributing uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping missions.
India is without doubt 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 through Qatar Airways on March 27 at 04:10 am.
The cargo will go to Copenhagen, the place it will likely be safely saved in a facility, re-packaged and shortly 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 Division of Peace Operations stated that over the previous yr, UN peacekeepers around the globe have undertaken outstanding efforts as they adjusted and responded to the unprecedented world well being disaster.
Practically 100,000 peacekeepers, already working inside advanced and difficult environments, managed to maintain themselves and others protected whereas supporting nationwide and native authorities of their response to the pandemic.
It added that regardless of the sudden 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-Normal Antonio Guterres had stated that he’s extraordinarily grateful for the present of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers introduced by India.
Beneath India’s Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, which interprets into Vaccine Friendship, the nation has been offering vaccines to nations internationally – from India’s fast neighbours to nations in Latin America and Africa – and is a major supply of provide to the COVAX facility.
Greater than 58 million Made in India coronavirus vaccine doses have reached about 70 nations in current weeks.
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