‘Thank You India’: Dominica PM extends gratitude for India’s vaccine

Prayers answered, says Dominican PM as India's vaccine lands in Caribbean Island

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Tuesday showered praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for New Delhi’s swift response to his request for 35,000 Covid-19 vaccines that can shield nearly half his country’s 72,000-strong population from the deadly virus. “I did not imagine that the prayers of my country would have been answered so swiftly,” Skerrit wrote in a tweet, thanking India.

The vaccines were flown to Dominica’s Douglas–Charles Airport in neighbouring Barbados’ Air National Guard’s plane on Tuesday.Furthermore, in his address to the Caribbean nation after the consignment of covid vials from India arrived, the Dominican PM stated, “One would have thought and understood that in a global pandemic such as this, a nation’s size and might would have been the primary consideration.” Expressing gratitude for PM Modi, Skerrit said, “But to the credit of Prime Minister Modi our request was considered on merit and the equality of our people was recognized.” The Dominican prime minister echoed the sentiment in a ‘thank you’ note that he wrote to PM Modi. PM Skerrit and his cabinet colleagues formally received the vaccines; they even helped unload some of the boxes of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the plane. India’s donation of 35,000 vaccines to Dominica is part of PM Modi’s pledge to help other countries overcome the pandemic challenges.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Dominican Republic has written to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi seeking 70,000 doses of Covaxin to fight the ongoing pandemic. The letter comes in the backdrop of India flying the COVID-19 vaccine to Bhutan and Maldives on January. PM Modi had tweeted that India is committed to meeting the health care needs of the global community.