March 2021 \ World News \ COUNTRY FOCUS—CANADA
“India’s vaccine promise to Canada breaks irritants”

The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce ...

By Gurmukh Singh
  • PM?Modi (right) with Canadian PM?Mr Justin Trudeau (file photo)

The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) and many other Indo-Canadian organizations have welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to provide Covid-19 vaccine to Canada. Mr Modi made this promise to his Canadian counterpart Mr Justin Trudeau who called him in February to discuss various issues, including the pandemic, the economic recovery and climate change.

In a tweet the PM said that he “assured him (Trudeau) that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada”. Mr Trudeau is facing a public backlash because of the lack of the availability of vaccines as both Pfizer and Moderna have either cut or delayed shipments to Canada which has got only 1.1 million doses so far. Indo-Canadian trade bodies welcomed the initiative by Mr Trudeau to call Mr Modi in the wake of the setback to bilateral relations after the former issued a statement in December in support of the farmers’ stir in India.

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