India celebrates republic’s 72nd birthday

– developments with the production, distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

INDIA has praised the contributions of its farmers, soldiers and scientists who have helped the nation counter the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 and have emerged as a world leader in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The world’s largest democracy celebrated their contributions as much as the contributions of all Indians at home and in the diaspora on its republic’s 72nd anniversary on Tuesday.

To commemorate the occasion, an event, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, was held at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center in Bel Air, Georgetown. It featured Indian songs, dances and other aspects of Indian culture and was streamed online.

A collection of Diaspora India members in Georgetown

Addressing the occasion, the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, Dr. KJ Srinivasa the warm and friendly bilateral relations between India and Guyana. He related that despite current difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Commission has been able to work closely with the Government of Guyana and take forward many of the Government of India’s development assistance projects and is also working on a number of new projects. for cooperation between Guyana and India, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, India, known as the leading supplier of vaccines worldwide, has been developing vaccines to immunize people against this new coronavirus. It has several vaccine candidates that are at various stages of development.

COVID-19 immunization continues in the South Asian country and the government is currently basing its vaccination program on two approved vaccines: COVISHIELD, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Indian Serum Institute, and COVAXIN, an indigenous manufactured vaccine developed. by Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and the Medical Research Council of India.

“Our scientists have been working day and night decoding the coronavirus and have successfully developed the vaccine in record time and with this achievement, our scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity,” he said the High Commissioner. as he delivered remarks from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

He added: “Our scientists, along with doctors, administrators and people from other backgrounds, have made major contributions in containing the virus and keeping the death rate lower in our country, compared to that in developed countries. ”


India is currently undertaking a massive vaccination campaign, using vaccines it has produced, to immunize its population against the new coronavirus. But these vaccines are also provided to many other countries as gifts and through commercial routes. “Today, India is rightly called the ‘world pharmacy’ as we supply medicines and other healthcare items to many countries to ease human suffering and contain the pandemic worldwide. Now we also provide vaccines to other countries, ”he stressed.

Last week, the Government of India sent more than 3.2 million free vaccine doses to Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. Donations to Mauritius, Myanmar and Seychelles are expected to follow, while Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are next on the list. The loads of vaccines reflect one of India’s strengths – it is home to a robust vaccine industry, including the Indian Serum Institute, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of vaccines.

The High Commissioner also pointed out that India has been able to move from the pandemic to key reforms and development, aimed at improving the lives of its citizens. Through the ‘National Education Policy 2020′, it is expected that key developments will lead to a New India that aims to emerge as a knowledge hub on the international stage. This reform promises to incubate students’ innate talent and fuel their minds to take on life’s challenges.

The High Commissioner reminded the Indians in the diaspora that, 71 years ago, the people of India had adopted a unique Constitution that bases the essential values ​​of justice, freedom, equality and brotherhood. And on this 72nd Republic Day celebration, vital workers were celebrated. According to the High Commissioner, the farmers who ensure food security, the troops that secure the country’s national borders and the scientists who have worked to develop vaccines for COVID-19 deserved praise.