India begins commercial export of Covid vaccines

Chennai: India on Friday began commercial supply of Covid-19 vaccines to its partner nations.

Reports said that 20 lakh doses of Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India, have already been dispatched to Brazil and Morocco.

Also, countries like Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Myanmar, too, have placed commercial orders directly with the manufacturers and the consignments will be sent shortly.

It may be noted that Bangladesh and Myanmar have also been recipients of India’s vaccine gifts, with Dhaka receiving 20 lakh doses and Myanmar 15 lakh over the last couple of days.

Meanwhile, Brazilian ambassador Aranha Correa do Lago expressed his gratitude to India.

He tweeted, “Thank you @SerumInstIndia for the amazing professionalism demonstrated while shipping this batch of #OxfordAstraZeneca vaccines to Brazil & immense appreciation for and thanks to the Government of India for their support”.

Two days ago, Nepal too received Covid-19 vaccines from India under grants assistance.

“Nepal receives Indian vaccines. Putting neighbours first, putting people first!,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Twitter.

On Wednesday, India had sent 1,50,000 doses of Covishield vaccines to Bhutan and 1,00,000 doses to the Maldives.


NT Bureau