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India will 'do its best' to get COVID-19 vaccines to Canada, PM Narendra Modi says

FILE- In this Monday, Feb.3, 2020 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses his Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign rally ahead of Delhi state elections in New Delhi, India. India's ruling Hindu nationalist-led government said Tuesday it was still weighing whether to roll out a nationwide citizenship registry, an exercise it says would weed out illegal foreign nationals, amid ongoing protests against a citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalization for some religious minorities from three neighboring countries but not Muslims. The official statement, made by lawmaker Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in Parliament, is a departure from comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s senior party leaders, including the home minister, Amit Shah. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country “will do its best” to help Canada get COVID-19 vaccines but stopped short of making any specific guarantee that India would ship doses to Canada.

Canada is also not among 25 countries cleared by the Indian government to receive exported doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine this month, though federal officials indicated last week Canada’s shipments weren’t expected to start arriving until at least April.

The Serum Institute of India has a contract with AstraZeneca to make at least one billion vaccine doses, and Health Canada is currently reviewing the manufacturing processes at the facility as it works to greenlight the AstraZeneca vaccine for use on Canadians.

Modi says on Twitter that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him today and the pair discussed vaccines, climate change, and the global economic recovery.

Earlier today, Trudeau said Canada and India are working as partners against COVID-19 but didn’t mention any plans to speak to Modi.

“We are continually in contact with our friends and allies around the world on the issue of vaccines,” the Prime Minister said to reporters.

“On the issues of fighting COVID. I can highlight [that] India has been a great partner.”

Trudeau and Modi have a frequently tense relationship, including Trudeau’s troubled trip to India in 2018, and more recently India’s anger over the Prime Minister’s public support for farmers protesting new laws passed by the Indian government.


With files from 680 NEWS Parliament Hill reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney

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