(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
India has supplied COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia and Thailand
under an initiative of the Quad group of countries, New Delhi said
on Thursday, though not the Johnson & Johnson shot as originally
The leaders of the Quad countries - India, the United States,
Japan and Australia - could discuss the vaccine supply plan when
they meet in Japan on Tuesday, Indian foreign ministry spokesperson
Arindam Bagchi told a news conference.
'We have sent, under the Quad umbrella, vaccines to Cambodia and
Thailand,' Mr Bagchi said.
'Yes, the original plan was to use a different modality, but the
final objective is to ensure that vaccines are shared under the
Quad umbrella to those countries who need them.'
Mr Bagchi did not give numbers, but the foreign ministry data
shows that India last month sent 200,000 doses of Covovax, a
version of the Novavax vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India
(SII), to Thailand under the Quad programme.
India separately shipped 325,000 doses of Covishield, a version
of the AstraZeneca shot made by the SII, to Cambodia, the data
The Quad was originally supposed to supply J&J doses made by
Indian company Biological E Ltd to Southeast Asian and other
countries, as a counter to China's vaccine donations around the
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