Thank You India: PM

Voreqe Bainimarama praises Narendra Modi as 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca arrive on Fiji Airways flight
30 Mar 2021 11:30
Thank You India: PM
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (fourth from left), receives 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, (known in India as Covishield) from Government of India. Present at the arrival of the vaccines were the Acting High Commissioner of India to Fiji, Saifullah Khan (fifth from left), Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifireimi Waqainabete (third from left), Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong (seventh from left), Minister for Defence and National Security is Inia Seruiratu (sixth from left) and others at the Nadi International Airport on March 29, 2021. The shipment arrived via Sydney on a Fiji Airways flight. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama praised his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in ‘putting a welcome pause on the pandemic politics that have kept valuable vaccines in the world’s largest and richest countries’.

“Your leadership will not be forgotten,” he said as he received the batch of 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines at the Nadi International Airport last night.

The AstraZeneca vaccines, manufactured in India’s Serum Institute, are known as Covishield in India.

“The latest data on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine show that it is both safe and highly effective. Fiji will accept nothing less,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The batch will vaccinate the remainder of Fiji’s frontliners, that is, doctors, nurses, quarantine and hotel workers, and members of our Disciplined Forces, Mr Bainimarama said.

“It will also kick-start the second phase of our vaccine roll-out, which will include the more vulnerable segments of our population,” he said.

“I have already registered to receive my COVID-19 vaccine. As we begin the next phase of the roll- out, I plan to be among those vaccinated in the doses from this shipment –– but as we focus first on our most vulnerable citizens, I’ve signed up to wait my turn just like everyone else.”

The shipment arrived via Sydney on a Fiji Airways flight.

For more information about the vaccines dial 158 or log onto the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website and Facebook page.


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