World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has thanked PM Modi for supporting vaccine equity, amid the pandemic.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, WHO chief said, "Your commitment to COVAX & sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses is helping 60 plus countries start vaccinating their health workers & other priority groups. Hope other countries will follow your example."

On Wednesday, Serum Institute of India (SII) said it has initiated supplies of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield to COVAX, the global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to the vaccine for all countries.

"It is a historic moment for all of us as COVAX receives its first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by SII, COVISHIELD. We are delighted to see the combined efforts of everyone result in saving the lives of millions," SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said in a tweet.

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