“Namaskar, Prime Minister @narendramodi. Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. Thank you for assisting us with the vaccines exports from India to Brazil. Dhanyavaad!”
Interestingly, in his tweet, Bolsonaro shared an illustration showing Lord Hanuman carrying a mountain with vaccines from India to Brazil. The illustration is inspired from a tale in the Ramayana in which Lord Hanuman carries the entire Gandhamardan mountain to deliver Sanjeevani, a magical lifesaving herb, to save wounded Lakshman, Lord Ram’s brother.
Responding to Bolsonaro on Twitter on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The honour is ours, President @jairbolsonaro to be a trusted partner of Brazil in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic together. We will continue to strengthen our cooperation on healthcare.”
Earlier, Brazilian Ambassador Andre Aranha Correa do Lago has thanked the SII for the vaccines and the “professionalism demonstrated” during the transportation.
“Thank you Serum Institute of India for the amazing professionalism demonstrated while shipping this batch of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines to Brazil and immense appreciation for and thanks to the Government of India for their support,” said Andre Aranha Correa do Lago.
Brazil’s health ministry announced that the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, landed in Sao Paulo on Friday before being flown to Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil’s state-run Fiocruz Institute is based.
In the last few days, India has supplied Covid-19 vaccines, being manufactured in the country, to neighbouring countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Brazil has recorded 2,14,000 deaths related to Covid-19, the second-highest total in the world after the United States, and infections and deaths surging again.
The official Twitter account of US Department of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) also shared a post lauding India’s role in global health by sharing millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine in South Asia.
“We applaud India’s role in global health, sharing millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine in South Asia. India’s free shipments of vaccine began w/Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Nepal & will extend to others. India’s a true friend using its pharma to help the global community,” the tweet read.