Cricketer Chris Gayle has thanked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending COVID-19 vaccines to his home country, Jamaica. In a video, Gayle said, “Honorable PM Modi, the Government of India and the people of India, I want to thank you all for your donation of the vaccine to Jamaica. We appreciate it. Thank you so much. India, I will see you soon.”
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri responded to Gayle’s gesture with a tweet, saying. “Always a pleasure to watch this famous Jamaican send the ball flying to all corners of the park and delighted that Vaccine Maitri is reaching out to our friends across the world. Indian fans look forward to more from this batting genius.”
Earlier this week, West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell expressed gratitude towards PM Modi for sending coronavirus vaccines to Jamaica.
Jamaica had also thanked India for sending 50,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines. In a tweet, Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness had said, “I am extremely pleased to report that yesterday afternoon, we received our first shipment of 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Government of India. We express our deep appreciation to the Government and people of India for this very much-needed support.”
Last week, former West Indies cricketers Vivian Richards, Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams, and Ramnaresh Sarwan had thanked PM Modi for helping the Caribbean countries by providing Covid-19 vaccines under the Vaccine Maitri initiative.
Vaccine Maitri is a humanitarian initiative undertaken by the government of India to provide Made in India COVID-19 vaccines to other countries.