200,000 donated AstraZeneca vaccines left Mumbai for Denmark last week, where they will be safely stored and distributed to UN peacekeepers serving various missions around the world.
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix praised India as “a constant and strong supporter of peacekeeping”, saying: “effective implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine for all members of peacekeeping personnel is a key priority for the United Nations in order to protect our personnel and their ability to continue their crucial work, help protect vulnerable communities and fulfill their mandates. “
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He thanked the government and people of India for their generous donation to safeguard peacekeepers and “enable them to continue their work of saving lives safely.”
Vaccination of peacekeepers
UN Chief of Operational Support Atul Khare said the donation will ensure that UN peacekeepers stay healthy and “deliver in some of the world’s toughest environments without relying on already depleted national health systems or ongoing COVAX efforts.”
At the same time, Mr. Khare’s department is leading the UN system-wide arrangements to support national efforts in vaccinating UN civilian personnel and their families.
India has long played an important role in peacekeeping, particularly through its troop contribution. Currently, more than 95,000 UN peacekeepers are deployed in 12 missions.
Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Renata Desalien, thanked India “wholeheartedly” for its “generous gesture of solidarity and support.”
“This step, especially for the United Nations, reflects India’s strong commitment to global peace and multilateralism,” he said. We will be sure to share more of these acts of generosity from around the world as they come.
Source: UN News
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