Former English skipper Kevin Pietersen praised India on Tuesday for its gesture to provide South Africa with vaccination doses.
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India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar announced on Twitter that the vaccines had arrived in Johannesburg. He said: “Inside together. Made in India vaccines end up in Johannesburg, South Africa. #VaccineMaitri”
Pietersen used social media and thanked India for the gesture, saying: “Indian generosity and friendliness are growing more every day. The beloved country!”
In another tweet, the English batsman said: “India has taught me so much and given me so much throughout my career. I felt the love, passion, energy and hospitality that not many other countries can compare to. The world sees his concern with the delivery of the vaccine to SA this week. “
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the English batsman saying, “I’m delighted with your affection for India. 🙂 We believe the world is our family and we want to play our role in strengthening the fight against COVID-19.”
Under the Vaccine Maitri (Vaccine Friendship) initiative, India will provide doses of COVID-19 vaccine to its neighbors. The country has so far provided vaccines to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles, Algeria and Mauritius.