Guyana received approximately 80,000 doses of the ‘Covishield’ Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India on Sunday.
According to the Jamaica Observer, the vaccines arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), early Sunday morning, and were received by Guyana’s Prime Minister Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips and other heads of government.
According to India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K J Srinivasa who was also present, India does not expect anything from Guyana in return.
“India sees these donations as ‘vaccine maitri’ meaning ‘vaccine friendship’…I want to stress here that India donates these vaccines with nothing in demand (from) the country.
“We do not ask for any quid pro quos. India is donating the vaccines in a spirit of collaboration, in a spirit of friendship, and in a spirit of helping our friends to acquire these vaccines across the world.”