As shock waves swept through the world following revelations that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tested positive for the Coronavirus as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi swiftly sent a “get well” message to his British counterpart on twitter, hailing him as a “fighter” and expressing confidence he would “overcome this challenge as well”.
The developments came on a day when Britain “pledged £544 million (Pound sterling) to find a Coronavirus vaccine”.
PM Modi tweeted, “Dear PM @BorisJohnson You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well. Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.”
The British PM had earlier tweeted, “Over the last 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for the Coronavirus. I am now self-isolating but I will continue to lead the Government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.”
In a statement meanwhile, the British High Commission in New Delhi said, “The UK Government has pledged an additional £210 million of support to accelerate work to find a coronavirus vaccine, in an announcement following a virtual summit of G20 leaders. The funding will ensure British scientists and researchers continue to lead the global fight against the virus. The UK has now pledged £544 million in total which makes it the biggest contributor to Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) – the international coalition to find a vaccine.”
British Acting High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said, “This important announcement demonstrates the UK’s continued commitment to finding a coronavirus vaccine alongside our key international partners. We already have a strong record of research collaboration with India; at a time like this, international collaboration is more important than ever”.