The Prime Minister of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday thanked India for sending the former country the coronavirus vaccine in a unique way.
Brazil PM tweeted a picture of Lord Hanuman carrying the vaccine in sheer reference to how Hanuman, in the epic Ramayana, carries the ‘Sanjeevni plant’ to save Ram’s brother Lakshman’s life.
“Namaskar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi! Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. Thank you for assisting us with the vaccines exports from India to Brazil. Dhanyavaad!,” Bolsonaro said in a tweet.
The government of India, besides vaccinating the countrymen has also promised to deliver the doses of vaccines to 15+ countries to save humanity from coronavirus.
Recently, adhering to its neighborhood first policy, India has delivered vaccines to countries including Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more. The vaccines being delivered are government-approved Covishield and India-made Covaxin.
Vaccine or no vaccine?
While the Covishield vaccine, being brewed at the Serum Institute in Pune in collaboration with UK-based drugmaker AstraZeneca and Oxford University, is winning the praises, the Covaxin vaccine, on the other hand, is being criticized by the opposition in India. The opposition says that proper trials were not conducted before launching the vaccine.
However, recently, the British medical journal Lancet said that the made-in-India Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin doses were well tolerated and no vaccine-related serious adverse events were found in the first phase of the trial.
The study was, however, conducted during the phase 1 trial of the vaccine. The first face of the trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin was conducted during the lockdown and with 375 participants. The report said that the fact that the daily number of cases back then were high, people were more exposed to the virus.
Meanwhile replying to Brazil, PM Modi wrote, said, “We will continue to strengthen our cooperation on healthcare”.
Meanwhile, the US Department of State has also praised India in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to other nations.