From October this year, India leading global manufacturer of vaccines will resume exporting COVID-19 vaccine doses, said Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday.
Vaccine Maitri, India’s drive to give a covid vaccine to other countries in the world will get resumed by the fourth quarter of starting October in 2021. “The decision has been taken to fulfil the commitment of India towards COVAX, in compliance with our motto Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” says, Mansukh Mandaviya.
“To carry out India’s commitment towards the world for putting up a collective fight against COVID-19 the surplus supply of vaccines will be used, COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and WHO,” said Mandaviya. The decision that came out today was due to a backdrop in India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceptional the landmark figure of 80 crore doses.
India exported vaccines under the Vaccine Maitri, to the countries in the neighbourhood by the starting phase of the pandemic, which was the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, as also Mauritius and Seychelles. The vaccine supplied were to 72 countries across the world, including both small and large countries. In April 2021, when the country India was facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines for the domestic markets as the second wave was going on the initiative Vaccine Maitri came out by the Indian government to provide COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world.