India says it “stands ready” to support countries in Africa affected by the Omicron variant, including providing vaccines and medical supplies.
In a statement Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it was offering support to countries experiencing Omicron outbreaks by providing drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators.
The ministry also encouraged African nations to order India's Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX, the World Health Organization’s global vaccine sharing program, or bilaterally.
"We express our solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, who have so far been affected by the Omicron variant," the MEA said.
"The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines."
The MEA said the government has approved all orders placed so far by COVAX for supplies of Covishield, a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca-Oxford and produced by the Serum Institute of India, to African nations such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea and Lesotho.
Supplies of the India-made Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin have also been approved for Botswana.
“Any new requirement projected either bilaterally or through COVAX will be considered expeditiously,” according to the statement.
To date, India has supplied more than 25 million doses of its domestically developed vaccines to 41 countries in Africa through donations and COVAX supplies.