The first shipment of 1 million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) left the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on 31 January 2021.

The Consul-General of South African in Mumbai, Ms Andrea Kühn and members of the Consulate were in attendance to extend South Africa’s deep appreciation to the exceptional and professional support rendered by the government of India, the SII, Mumbai International Airport Cargo, Expo Freight Private Limited (EFL) and Emirates Airline. This milestone highlighted the solid relations and deep friendship that exist between South Africa and India and further consolidated the cooperation between our two countries in the fight against the spread of the global pandemic.

The event was also attended by Mr Sudeep Narayan, Director India-Airfreight, EFL, Mr Subhash P Dixit, Senior Manager, EFL, Mr S D Prabhu Cargo Manager Maharashtra & Goa, Emirates and Mr Patrick Mascarenhas, CSM, Asia Pacific and South East Asia, Emirates.

Long live South Africa and India friendship!

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