Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country will "do its best" to support Canada in its efforts to get more vaccines to its shores.
"Was happy to receive a call from my friend @JustinTrudeau. Assured him that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada. We also agreed to continue collaborating on other important issues like Climate Change and the global economic recovery," Modi tweeted on Wednesday.
The move to call Modi, however, may not have come from the Trudeau camp at all. Just four days ago, Conservative Shadow Minister of Health Michelle Rempel Garner pressed Public Works Minister Anita Anand on whether or not Prime Minister Trudeau had made a call to India, where the AstraZeneca vaccine is produced, to which Anand had no clear response
"Update: after this exchange, Trudeau called @narendramodi. Thank you to the Indian government for taking the call! Opposition political pressure works," tweeted Rempel Garner.
Canada, however, is not among 25 countries that will be receiving AstraZeneca's vaccines in February, with the Trudeau Liberals expecting shipments to arrive in April, at the earliest, according to The Canadian Press.