What India has to gain from its 'vaccine diplomacy' with South Africa

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South Africa's first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India at the OR Tambo International Airport.
South Africa's first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India at the OR Tambo International Airport.
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India has not only helped South Africa by making available 1.5 million initial doses of Covid-19 vaccines for purchase to this country, it has scored a major foreign policy goal as well.

Leaders in this country have been driving the revival of IBSA, a Global South group comprising itself, Brazil and South Africa, formed in 2003.

Brazil - with a population of 210 million - was one of the first countries to receive vaccines from India, with two million doses delivered there on 22 January.

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