The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Chief Economist Gita Gopinath on Monday hailed India for shipping the COVID-19 vaccines to several nations and said that India has been at the forefront in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and “really stands out” in terms of its vaccine policy.
“The country has been playing a very important role in helping the world in the global health crisis through its vaccination policies”, she added. She also hailed the Serum Institute of India and said that it produces the most number of vaccines in the world in a regular year and has been manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine doses that are delivered to COVAX and then distributed to countries around the world. “India has been at the forefront in fighting this pandemic,” she said, noting that India has been providing vaccines through grants to several of its neighbour countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, and through commercial arrangements as well. The country has been playing a very important role in helping the world in the global health crisis through its vaccination policies, she said.