(MENAFN- NewsBytes) The Union Health Ministry said Monday that India would be resuming the export of COVID-19 vaccines under its ambitious "Vaccine Maitri" initiative from October. India had halted the vaccine exports during the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 without issuing any formal ban. Notably, India had exported 66.4 million COVAXIN and Covishield doses till April-end this year. Here are more details.
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- Resumption is to fulfill India's commitment towards COVAX: Health Minister
- What is COVAX?
- India's monthly vaccine output has doubled since April: Mandaviya
- India's vaccine makers augmented their production capacity
- Announcement comes ahead of PM Modi's US visit
Details Resumption is to fulfill India's commitment towards COVAX: Health Minister
Speaking to the media, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the resumption of vaccine export is to "fulfill the commitment of India towards COVAX, in line with our motto Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam." He also said that only the surplus supply of vaccines will be used for the renewed export drive. The export will prioritize global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighboring countries first, Mandaviya added.
Information What is COVAX?
COVAX is a global vaccine-sharing platform, co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and World Health Organization. It aims to make COVID-19 vaccine distribution equitable, especially focusing on low and middle-income countries.
Vaccine India's monthly vaccine output has doubled since April: Mandaviya
Talking about India's vaccine production, Mandaviya said India's monthly vaccine output has doubled since April. He further said that more than 30 crore vaccine doses will be produced by India in October. India's total vaccine production will reach the 100 crore mark in the coming quarter as new vaccines from companies such as Biological E are likely to be approved, he added.
Production India's vaccine makers augmented their production capacity
Meanwhile, India's vaccine makers have augmented their production capacity to meet requirements. Indian companies have increased their respective capacities to produce nearly 300 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses a year. The Serum Institute of India has also increased its output of the AstraZeneca shot to 20 crore doses a month. So far, India has given at least one dose to 61% of the population.
Information Announcement comes ahead of PM Modi's US visit
The announcement to resume vaccine export came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Washington for the Quad Summit . The issue of vaccines is likely to be discussed at the summit, which will see the participation of the US, India, Japan, and Australia.
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