October, India exports Covid-19 vaccine again

India temporarily stopped exporting vaccines after the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI – India will resume exports of its Covid-19 vaccine in October after it was halted in April. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said India’s vaccine supply was increasing and subsequent exports would be a priority for Covax and its neighbors’ global vaccine-sharing program.

The world’s largest vaccine producing country stopped exports because its production is used for the needs of the Indian people who had been badly hit by the Covid-19 wave. According to Mandaviya, India’s monthly vaccine production has more than doubled and is expected to quadruple to over 300 million in the next month.

Mandaviya said that only oversupply would be exported. India’s total vaccine production could hit a billion doses by the final quarter of this year if new vaccines from companies like Biological E are likely to get approved.

“We will help other countries and also fulfill our responsibility to Covax,” said Mandaviya on Monday.

Source: Antara, Reuters