India Ready to Return to Export COVID-19 Vaccines

In the midst of increasing global pressure, India said it had almost finished examining the continuation of the process of exporting COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world, especially Africa, which was in dire need.

India is the largest producer of vaccines, but the country halted exports in April to fight a spike in domestic COVID-19 infections, which has now been brought under control.

An unnamed source told Reuters that India is now experiencing a vaccine surplus after at least 61 percent of India’s total population received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The total population in Indonesia is estimated at 944 million people.

The decision to resume exports comes to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington next week to attend the forum Quad involving leaders from four countries, namely the United States, India, Japan, and Australia.

“The export decision has been completed (discussed),” said the source. “India will help Africa by (sending) vaccines and ways to deal with COVID-19.”

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was in talks with Indian officials to resume supply of the vaccine through a global vaccine-sharing platform known as COVAX. (jm / mg)

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