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Indian Govt Eyes Resumption Of COVID-19 Vaccine Export In July-August To Neighbours Subject To Production

Recently, Dr VK Paul of the NITI Aayog had also said that the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative is “very much on the radar.” but didn’t give a timeline for the same.

After receiving severe flak for exporting COVID-19 vaccines at the time of a domestic crunch, the Union government is eyeing to resume vaccine export in July-August at least for neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, depending on the scale of vaccine production in that time, ThePrint reported.

The report also says neighbouring countries will be given the top priority especially because some of them had made the payments to procure vaccines from India.

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The Vaccine Maitri initiative was halted as the second wave of COVID surged in India

According to the sources, the Union government believes that if India can maintain the record number of COVID-19 vaccinations, it would reach a position by August where shipments to other countries can be resumed, ThePrint reported.

“If the number of vaccinations that we saw on Monday continues, then the government expects that 40 per cent of the population can be covered by August and we will have a situation when herd immunity will kick in,” said a source. “There are high chances that are when we can safely resume the shipments. It won’t be like before so soon but, of course, for the neighbourhood, we are responsible.

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Recently, Dr VK Paul of the NITI Aayog had also said that the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative is “very much on the radar.” but didn’t give a timeline for the same.

“Once our immediate need of vaccinating a significant proportion of Indian people is achieved and vaccine stockpiles are visible from multiple sources, we would then like to provide vaccines to others,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

India had begun exporting doses to more than 90 nations from January. However, the exports came to a halt when the second wave of coronavirus set in India and demand for vaccines surged.

 

 

 

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