As a recent surge in coronavirus cases continues to plague India and choke its healthcare system, nations around the world have been rushing to help India to alleviate COVID-19 crisis. Several countries have promised to send shipments of COVID-19 relief material over the next few weeks. Coronavirus cases in India are hitting daily record with country reporting a daily case surge of more than 4,00,000 infections. India’s COVID-19 tally has, meanwhile, exceeded the grim figure of 20 million infections.As India faces acute shortage of vaccines and medical supplies, questions are being raised over the handling of COVID-19 by Union Government particularly for its ‘Vaccine Matri’ initiative wherein India exported a huge stock of its ‘Covishield’ vaccine resulting in severe shortages of vaccine back home thus hampering vaccination drive for its citizens.There has been severe criticism of India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative in some quarters as the crisis at home has unfolded in the past few week. Reasonable questions can be asked about the need for India to supply vaccines and other products to the world at large when there was a crisis at home.While, some of the arguments against the Vaccine Matri initiative are valid, the current global response to India grim situation can’t be separated from India’s proactive role in the early stages of the pandemic worldwide. It is heartening to see the massive global response at a critical moment in India’s fight against COVID-19 and some credit for this must be given to Vaccine Maitri initiative of Indian Government. India’s friends and partners have stepped up to the challenge of managing the second wave hitting India. This show of support from around the world is a morale booster for a nation facing an unprecedented crisis. But it also underscores the role that India has played over the last year in keeping the global supply chains open.Here’s a list of the countries that have started sending relief material to India:
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