India resumes export of Covid vaccines in Oct
Published : Monday, 20 September, 2021 at 6:21 PM Count : 431
India will resume the export and donations of excess vaccines next month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the US where the issue was likely to be raised by President Joe Biden, NDTV reports.
India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines overall, stopped vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.
The resumption of exports deliberations come ahead of PM Modi's visit to Washington starting Tuesday where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries - the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
The renewed export drive, known as 'Vaccine Maitri' will prioritise the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighbouring countries first, Mandaviya said.
He said that since April, the country's monthly vaccine output has since more than doubled and is set to quadruple to over 300 million doses next month
Total production could top 100 crore in the last three months of the year as new vaccines from companies such as Biological E are likely to be approved, he said.
We will help other countries and also fulfil our responsibility towards COVAX... Neighbouring (countries) first," he told reporters, adding only excess supplies would be exported.
India donated or sold 6.6 crore doses to nearly 100 countries before the export halt.