Former West Indies skipper Sir Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, and Jimmy Adams expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for offering vaccine support to Caribbean nations as the world battles the Coronavirus pandemic.
Well, on Sunday, Guyana received 80,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine under India’s ‘Vaccine Maitri’ program. Taking to Twitter, the Indian Embassy in Guyana informed that the country’s Prime Minister Mark Phillips received the gift of vaccines from India.
Meanwhile, legendary cricketer Sir Viv Richards thanked India for its wonderful contribution of providing vaccines to his country.
“We thank you so much on behalf of the Antiguan and Barbadian people. We look forward to continued relations in the future. Thank you very much, Prime Minister Modi and the people of India, for the kind gesture,” said Sir Richards.
Jamaican cricketer Jimmy Adams said he was deeply grateful to the Indian government as his home country and Antigua have been benefitted from the Oxford-Astra Zeneca Coronavirus vaccines. Former cricketers Richie Richardson and Ram Naresh Sarwan also thanked the Indian government for providing vaccines to the Caribbean Islands.
The video of these cricketers expressing their gratitude towards India and PM Modi has been going viral on social media. The video was shared by the official Twitter account of the Indian embassy in Guyana.
Here, watch the video:
West Indies cricketing greats @ivivianrichards @RichieRich2000 #jimmyadams #ramnareshsarwan thank #India @PMOIndia @narendramodi for donation of #MadeInIndia @SerumInstIndia #CovishieldVaccine to #Antigua #Guyana @CARICOMorg @AntiguaOpm @OPTGY @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @drkjsrini pic.twitter.com/olM3FItD0N
— India in Guyana (@IndiainGuyana) March 13, 2021
It was in February when the Indian government launched the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ program to help poor countries amid the global pandemic. During this period, India has delivered around 45.6 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to around 70 countries.
Bangladesh became the major recipients of COVID vaccines, having received 9 million doses to date. Some other countries that were benefited from India’s vaccine drive are Morocco, Brazil, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.