COVID-19 vaccination drive levels up in India, rising the vaccine exports

Roman AhmedWeb Editor

30th Aug, 2021. 08:41 pm
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India has increased the overall vaccine output of COVID-19 inoculation of more than half of its adult population vaccinated with at least one dose.

The upsurge in inoculation has raised hopes the country will recommence being an exporter within months, ramping up from early next year.

India has donated and sold 66 million doses to nearly 100 countries.

India banned exports in mid-April to concentrate on local vaccination with the infections burst, upsetting the vaccination strategies of many African and South Asian countries.

The daily vaccinations have crossed 10 million on Friday, with the doubled national vaccine production since April, and are set to increase again in the coming weeks.

Whereas new productions of the vaccines are in line as well, a vaccine developed by Cadila Healthcare has won recent approval by the authorities, and commercial production of Russia’s Sputnik V is starting in India.

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s biggest vaccine maker, is now producing about 150 million doses a month of its version of the AstraZeneca shot, more than twice its April output of about 65 million, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

“No fixed timeline on exports, but the company hopes to restart in a few months,” said the source, who declined to be named without approval to talk on the matter.

Through the Global vaccine sharing platform, COVAX hopes India will restart foreign sales sooner.

“With successful national vaccination and the arrival of more products, we are hoping that Indian supply to COVAX will resume as quickly as possible,” stated a spokesperson for the platform’s co-lead GAVI.

India’s health ministry and the foreign ministry, which coordinates vaccine exports, did not respond to a request for comment on this matter.

Infections are increasing again in India after a fiery outbreak in April and May.

On the contrary, India has administered more than 633 million vaccine doses, with 52 percent of its 944 million adults have taken at least one dose and more than 15 percent are fully vaccinated.

Furthermore, India has given emergency authorization to six COVID-19 shots, four of which are being produced locally.

Another locally developed vaccine is probable to be permitted soon while many more are going through mid-stage trials.


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