PM Modi assured Canada that India will strive to meet its vaccine requirements

FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has assured his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau that India will try its best to supply Canada with vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which Will potentially overcome the deficiencies encountered in the country.

FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Indian PM Narendra Modi

India, which boasts several vaccine manufacturing facilities, is fast emerging as a major supplier of shots to the world. Canada does not yet have its own vaccine manufacturing facilities and is dependent on foreign suppliers.

Modi said in a tweet, “My friend was happy to receive a call from @JustinTrudo. Assured him that India will do its best to facilitate the supply of COVID vaccines demanded by Canada.”

Pfizer Inc. and Modern Inc. reduced the number of COVID-19 vaccines being delivered to Canada in February.

Last week, Trudeau said that Canada would succeed in reducing its population despite a “momentary disruption” in the vaccine supply and reiterated that every Canadian taking the shot would be vaccinated by the end of September.

A statement from Trudeau’s office said, Trudeau and Modi “talked about India’s significant efforts in promoting vaccine production and supply, which has provided significant support to countries around the world,” he says That one of the two agreed to work together on the use of the vaccine. “

Several Western pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca PLC, Novavex Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, have tied up with Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce their vaccines for domestic and overseas sales.

Last week, Reuters reported that Variety Pharmaceuticals and Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer – had applied to distribute a licensed version of the COVID-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca in Canada.

Canada has recorded more than 20,000 deaths and more than 810,000 cases of COVID-19, and several provinces have re-enforced sanctions to combat a second wave of epidemics.