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New Delhi: As many as fifteen more countries have recognised India's Covid-19 vaccination certificate, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed on Thursday, as per an IANS report.
With this, the total number of nations that have approved India's vaccine certificate has become 21.
"Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates continues! Fifteen more recognitions for India's vaccination certificate," said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in a tweet.
"Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates with India: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine," MEA said in a statement.
The Union ministry of health and family welfare had earlier said that nearly 100 countries have agreed to the mutual acceptance of vaccination certificates of India's Covid-19 vaccines and the vaccination process.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the Centre is in communication with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination program are accepted and recognised to ease travel for education, business and tourism purposes.
Highlighting how India helped other countries throughout the Pandemic, he said, "Being the Pharmacy of the World, India has generously supplied HCQ tablets and other medical equipment to 27 countries. Under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, 6.63 crore doses were sent to 95 countries".
Explaining India's strategy of curbing Covid pandemic, he said that six vaccines are approved in India, of which two are indigenously developed. Near 1.2 billion doses have been administered with 82 per cent Indians receiving at least one dose and 44 per cent being fully vaccinated.
"India is willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to all the countries", said Union Health Minister in a meeting with the ambassadors of Latin American and Caribbean nations on Thursday.
Meanwhile, International flight operations are expected to return to normal "by the end of the year"."We are making all efforts to handover all operations of Air India by the end of December," said Rajiv Bansal, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation.