HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The President of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has confessed that he is vaccinated with both doses of Covishield
  • Shahid mentioned that the messages he has received so far on vaccines from world leaders at the General Debate had been mostly positive from the United States, China, and India
  • Shahid’s statement comes as India has decided to impose reciprocal curbs against all British nationals arriving in the country

On Friday, in Washington, the President of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid announced that he has already been vaccinated with both doses of Covishield, a vaccine manufactured in India. He said this statement after he was questioned on whether any COVID-19 vaccine should be recognized and considered or only the ones validated by the World Health Organization or any other group.

Terming the question as an ‘extremely technical one’, he said that he got vaccinated with Covishield. “I don’t know how many countries would say that Covishield is acceptable or not, but a large portion of the countries have got Covishield. And I have survived. But let someone else, a medical person, make that call,” Shahid added who belongs from the Maldives.

Addressing the media, Shahid mentioned that the messages he has received so far on vaccines from world leaders at the General Debate had been mostly positive from the United States, China, and India. Referring to his intention to convene a high-level meeting of the General Assembly in January, he outlined that he intends to utilize the convening power of the President of the General Assembly to bring everyone together. In the meeting, he aims to take stock of the global vaccination effort and equity.

Meanwhile, Shahid’s statement comes as India has decided to impose reciprocal curbs against all British nationals arriving in the country. The row erupted because Indians traveling to the UK will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine under new British travel rules that come into force from October 4.

More than 66 million vaccine doses have been exported to nearly 100 countries through grants, commercial shipments, and the COVAX facility. The Maldives was among the first nations to receive the India-made vaccines in January this year.

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