India is rolling out the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16 in a number of phases. When questioned in regards to the worldwide requests for vaccines from India, the MEA spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava, mentioned, “It is too early to give a specific response on the supplies to other countries as we are still assessing production schedules and availability to take decisions in this regard. This may take some time.”
The authorities’s response is important in gentle of the truth that the prime minister himself has promised that India would share its vaccine manufacturing and supply capacities with different international locations.
Sources mentioned, the federal government is at the moment being deluged by worldwide requests, which is coming into battle with two issues — manufacturing and supply of vaccines by the 2 firms, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech; and India’s personal wants. The plan, for the current, is to cater to India’s wants, meet its dedication to GAVI, distribute vaccines amongst India’s instant neighbours, earlier than giving to different international locations.
Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech have each have been contracted to provide vaccines commercially to completely different international locations — Bharat Biotech will likely be supplying a set of vaccines to Brazil, in addition to different international locations like Philippines. Serum Institute has additionally contracted to provide to Morocco and Saudi Arabia amongst others.