India to supply COVID-19 vaccines to 6 nations from today


The world’s leading drug manufacturer India, on Tuesday, said that it has received several requests from neighbouring counties for the supply of Indian-manufactured Covid-19 vaccines.

Following the same, the Indian government has announced its plans of to supplying COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs, the nation will supply the vaccine to the partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manners while keeping in mind the domestic requirement.

“Domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad,” the Ministry said.

Further, the Ministry informed that India also awaits the confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius for supply of the vaccines.

Prime minister Modi also took it twitter and penned down a note expressing his admiration in India’s efforts in the field of healthcare needs of the global community.

India has already rolled out a massive coronavirus vaccination drive under which two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, are being administered to frontline health workers across the nation.

PM Modi which launching the vaccination programme on Saturday urged people to show patience during the COVID-19 immunisation drive as they had shown till now in fighting the pandemic.

Earlier this month, two vaccines, Oxford COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’- manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed ‘Covaxin’ of Bharat Biotech were approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for restricted emergency use in the country.

As per the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities.

Up until today, a total of 4,54,049 beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country, which is more than double the number of coronavirus active cases, the Union Health Ministry said.