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India’s gesture of sending vaccine supplies to Canada suggests ‘long-range view’ of relations, despite irritants 

By Beatrice Paez      

The bigger challenge that faces India in undertaking one of the world’s biggest immunization campaigns is the logistics, rather than a shortage of vaccines, says Stewart Beck, president of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand is in charge of brokering deals with pharmaceutical companies for COVID-19 vaccines and other pandemic supplies. She has defended Canada's procurement approach, saying Canada wanted to hedge its bets in locking in a variety of deals. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

India’s apparent acquiescence to strike a deal with Canada to send two million coronavirus vaccine doses amid heightened competition and demand for vaccine supplies could create an opening to broaden dialogue between the two nations, and may suggest India has a long view of the relationship, despite long-running irritants, say experts. 

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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