Former West Indian cricketers Sir Vivian Richards, Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams, and Ramnaresh Sarwan have thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government and the people of India for donating the home-made Covid-19 vaccines to the Caribbean islands under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ program.
At a time when developing and obscure countries have been grappling for Covid vaccines, India, through its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ program has proved to be a boon.
A plethora of countries which include Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Ukraine, Oman, Serbia, Kuwait, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Argentina, UAE, Bahrain, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya, Seychelles Sri Lanka, Caribbean islands, Canada and many others have already received the Covishield vaccine since January 20.
Earlier this month, Antigua and Barbuda received 1,75,000 doses of vaccine out of which 40000 were under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative.
“I would like to thank India for the wonderful contribution made to our country which is the vaccine. We thank you so much on behalf of the Antiguan and Barbudan people. We look forward, also that in the future, continued relationship. Thank you very much Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the High Commission of India. We also thank all of the people in India for such a kind gesture,” said Sir Viv Richards in a video posted by Indian High Commission in Guyana.
West Indies cricketing greats Vivian Richards, Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams and Ramnaresh Sarwan thank India and PM @narendramodi for the donations of Made In India vaccine pic.twitter.com/DgskdkDoGo
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“On behalf of the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, I would like to thank the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for his kind generosity in offering us 40,000 vaccines. We are extremely grateful to you and your country. Thank you very very much,” said former captain Richie Richardson.
Meanwhile, Guyana has received 80000 doses of ‘Made in India’ vaccines under the same initiative as have islands like St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and Jamaica.
“I just want to use this opportunity to say thank you to the Government of India for the support that they are giving to the people all across the region in donating vaccines. I know that my own home country of Jamaica is benefitting from this initiative and also Antigua where I’m currently working with Cricket West Indies. We are all deeply grateful to the Government of India and on behalf of the people in the Caribbean I would like to thank you for this great initiative,” said former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prime Minister Modi for providing the Covid-19 vaccine for us here in Guyana. We really appreciate your kindness sir, thank you so much,” said former legendary batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.