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India to resume COVID-19 vaccine export from October

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Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said that India will resume export and donation of COVID-19 vaccines under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative from October onwards.

Notably, the export of vaccines was stopped by the government in April after facing severe criticism over the shortage of vaccines in the country amid rising infections. By then, the Centre had already supplied over 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 84 countries as part of the Vaccine Maitri initiative.

While addressing the media, Mansukh Mandaviya said India will resume the export of coronavirus vaccines in order to fulfill its commitment towards COVAX. Surplus vaccines will be exported as per India’s commitment to the collective fight against COVID-19, the minister added.

He also said that more than 30 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be produced in India in the month of October alone. Over 100 crore doses will be produced in the fourth quarter of this year, he said.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive gaining pace

Referring to India’s own vaccination drive against Covid-19, the Union minister said that the country took 11 days to bridge the gap between 70 crore doses and 80 crore doses. During this period, we administered more than 1 crore doses on four different occasions, he added.

According to the data collated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has so far administered 80.85 crore doses of the vaccines. Of it, 37.78 lakh vaccines were administered on Sunday. As per the real-time vaccination data, over 86 lakh vaccines were administered until 5.40 pm on Monday.

The government wants to vaccinate all of its 94.4 crore adults by December and has so far given at least one dose to 61 per cent of them.

 

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