Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday as India donated 2,00,000 doses of the Covishield to help the North American country battle COVID-19. 

Giammattei thanked PM Modi for donating the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and manufacturing India rather than selling it. He added that the Government of India did not ‘hesitate’ to support Guatemala after Modi’s administration learnt of the difficulties it faced in battling the virus. 

“Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the generous donation of 200 thousand doses of vaccines #Covishield that will help us save lives and immunize frontline healthcare workers,” the President wrote on Twitter in Spanish.

Along with the tweet, he also shared a picture with the message “! Gracias India!” and “Dhanyavaad Bharat!”

“I would like to thank the government, the people of India for this gesture of donating these vaccines as they learned about the difficulties, we have gone through in obtaining vaccines from international suppliers. The government of India did not hesitate to support us,” he said in an address.

It has been a grand surprise for the government to know that India has immediately donated to Guatemala 200,000 doses that will help to immunise frontline health workers.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India has sent a total of 361.94 lakh vaccine doses to various countries.

“We will continue to supply these vaccines in the coming weeks and months in a phased manner,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

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