COVID vaccines given by India for UN peacekeepers are being put to use: UN spokesperson Dujarric

By The Hindu

The 2,00,000 COVID-19 vaccines gifted by India for all UN peacekeepers are “already being put to use” and a number of these Blue Helmets have already been vaccinated, spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.

“The Indian government…had offered us… 200,000 doses…And a number of peacekeepers are already, as far as I know, being vaccinated,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told reporters at the daily press briefing on Friday in response to a question on vaccination of the UN peacekeepers.

“So, on the Indian vaccines, those, which I think were… AstraZeneca, those were 2,00,000. They’re already being put to use,” he said.

India, one of the largest troop-contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, gifted 2,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for UN peacekeepers across all UN missions.

As of March 31 this year, there are 87,889 personnel serving in 12 peacekeeping operations around the world.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had announced in February that India will gift vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers.

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