PM Modi approves coronavirus vaccine doses for Canada following talks with Justin Trudeau
On February 10, Justin Trudeau had called PM Modi to talk over various issues including Covid-19. The supply was then approved in principle.
New Delhi: Despite having multiple bilateral differences, India will soon be shipping covid-19 vaccine to Canada. Following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's call to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, India has agreed to supply half-a-million doses of covid-19 vaccine to Canada in February.
On February 5, Canada had urged India for one million doses of the covishield vaccine produced in India by Serum Institute. On February 10, Justin Trudeau had called PM Modi to talk over various issues including Covid-19. The supply was then approved in principle.
Besides covid-19, the two leaders also discussed various issues of mutual interests with the Canadian PM assuring safety and security of Indian diplomats and diaspora, who were being targeted by separatists in Vancouver and Toronto.
According to sources close to the development, while the delivery of Astra-Zeneca vaccine to Canada is in the process of being tied up, the requests from Ottawa was approved last week.
India has been supplying the vaccine doses to a number of countries. On Sunday, the country sent a shipment of over 8 lakh vaccine doses to Mexico. The Modi government has also decided to supply covid vaccines to armies of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and other neighbouring countries.
India and Canada were not really on friendly terms after Trudeau condemned Indian government for their response to farmers who have been protesting against the three farm laws since November 26. However, later in a conversation with PM Modi, the leader had lauded the Central government for holding multiple round of talks with the farmers.