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India’s New Year Present to Afghanistan

India has sent 5 lakh of the 1 million (10 lakh) promised doses of Covaxin to Afghanistan through Iran via air. The vaccines reached Iran from where they will be sent to Indira Gandhi Children Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This help is being provided under ‘Vaccine Maitri’ which is a humanitarian initiative by the Indian government to provide vaccines around the world. Other countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, etc. too have been the beneficiaries of this initiative. Since the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, no international flight has been properly operating there. Had it been so, the vaccines could have been directly sent to Afghanistan via flight. Though another convenient alternative could have been sending the vaccines t...

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